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This study will be a prospective clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of nerve and tendon gliding exercises versus no exercise in a group of human subjects who are in the early recovery phase of carpal tunnel release (CTR). The study will determine the effectiveness of nerve and tendon gliding exercises versus no formal exercise program in early post operative carpal tunnel release patients. This is a quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test design with a primary specific aim to examine the effect of therapy consisting of median nerve and tendon glide exercises after surgical carpal release compared with no therapy/ exercise intervention. A secondary aim is to determine the responsiveness of phalen's, the disability of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) and Jebsen Taylor hand function tests to change in status of median nerve functioning. Subjects who have a clinical diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and are scheduled for unilateral carpal tunnel release surgery will be invited to enroll in the study and will complete a demographic questionnaire. A battery of outcome tests including visual analogue scale, disability of the arm shoulder and hand (DASH), Semmes Weinstein Monofilament Sensory Test (SWMFST) and Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function Test will be administered. The study will lastly examine how patient characteristics such as age, gender, associated diagnoses and insurance type impact the need for instruction in therapeutic exercise following surgery. Subjects will be assigned to one of two groups matching the subjects for age, gender, associated diagnoses, and insurance type. Subjects in the exercise group will be instructed in an active exercise program of distal median nerve and tendon gliding. Four weeks and six months after surgery, outcome tests will be re-administered. Appropriate statistical analysis will be used to examine data. The level of significance will be set at p= 0.05