Neural Gliding Techniques for the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Systematic Review

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Click name to view affiliation

Jennifer M. Medina McKeon
Search for other papers by Jennifer M. Medina McKeon in
Current site
Google Scholar
Kathleen E. Yancosek
Search for other papers by Kathleen E. Yancosek in
Current site
Google Scholar
Restricted access


There are discrepancies regarding the efficacy of neural gliding exercises for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).


To conduct a systematic review assessing the efficacy of neural gliding in comparison to alternative nonsurgical treatment for the management of CTS.

Evidence Acquisition:

A computerized search was performed in April 2008. Criteria for inclusion required that studies (1) were written in English, (2) examined the efficacy of neural gliding techniques for treatment of CTS, and (3) included at least one of the selected patient-oriented outcomes. Effect sizes, relative risk, and 95% confidence intervals were calculated to compare neural gliding to alternative treatment.

Evidence Synthesis:

Six studies met inclusion criteria. For all variables, none were consistently favorable toward neural gliding over alternative treatment. However, comparisons across studies revealed a possible trend toward improved outcomes with the use neural gliding.


The efficacy of neural gliding is not clear. More research is necessary to determine the population that may respond optimally to this treatment.

The authors are with the University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Sciences Department in Lexington. E-mail:

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 3374 1237 19
Full Text Views 38 6 0
PDF Downloads 52 9 1