Nonsurgical Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can become debilitating, preventing an individual from being able to perform daily activities and simple tasks. Increased pressure on the median nerve could ultimately lead to ischemia, a restriction in the blood supply, and scarring of the nerve. Treatment of severe CTS is necessary to prevent permanent nerve damage.

Results from the electromyogram and nerve conduction studies not only diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, but also categorize the severity of nerve damage to the nerve and help the medical team determine treatment.

Conservative treatment for painful symptoms of mild/moderate carpal tunnel syndrome includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, a month or two of wearing wrist splints, and corticosteroid injections. If these treatments fail to provide relief, surgery is indicated. Carpal tunnel release surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed.

Our Care Team

  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spinal Surgery
  • Co-Director, Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis Program
Phone: 212-746-2260
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Phone: (718) 670-1837

Reviewed by: Galal Elsayed, MD
Last reviewed/last updated: October 2023 

Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery 525 East 68 Street, Box 99 New York, NY 10065 Phone: 866-426-7787