Contrary to popular belief the treatment for nerve compression (such as carpal or cubital tunnel) is not always non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents or NSAIDS (such as aspirin) with splinting followed by surgery. The treatment is dependent on the stage of compression.
Early compression with intermittent symptoms is treated conservatively with splinting, NSAIDs & alteration of workhabits/ergonomics.
Moderate compression with intermittent but progressing symptoms & measurable deficits is treated much the same as early compression but more aggressively.
Severe compression with persistent symptoms (such as fingers numb all the time), muscle wasting & abnormal measurable deficits should be treated by surgical decompression period. Every moment of delay results in irreversible damage to more nerve tissue.