Summary of Recommendations
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A course of nonoperative treatment is an option in patients diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Early surgery is an option when there is clinical evidence of median nerve denervation or the patient elects to proceed directly to surgical treatment. (Grade C, Level V)
We suggest another nonoperative treatment or surgery when the current treatment fails to resolve the symptoms within 2 weeks to 7 weeks. (Grade B, Level I and II)