New Guidelines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsThe American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has adopted a new clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is among the most common disorders of the upper extremity, with a high disease burden and significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. Further, if the condition is diagnosed early, progression to irreversible damage to the nerve can be avoided in some patients. Proper diagnosis provides relief of the condition and minimizes such issues as healthcare costs and work time loss, while contributing to increased improvement in a patient’s daily functioning.

A workgroup to develop CTS treatment guidelines has been set up and work has begun on these guidelines, which may also include collaboration with other specialty societies.

The major recommendations for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome can be found at the AAOS’s Clinical Guidelines and Performance Measures page.

Founded in 1933, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world. Its continuing medical education activities include a world-renowned Annual Meeting, multiple CME courses held around the country and at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, and various medical and scientific publications and electronic media materials.

Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.


  1. These guidelines are interesting…but the thing is…most patients that present with CTS symptoms do not have CTS. The same symptoms can be caused by nerve irritation in the neck. I guess if we are considering true CTS these guidelines make sense. But…my experience has been that CTS is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

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