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If I have carpal tunnel syndrome is it permanent?

If I have carpal tunnel syndrome is it permanent?

No: Standard therapy for carpal tunnel is: 1) night splints, 2) anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, 3) avoidance of the repetitive activities that caused the carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, we inject steroids into the area of the carpal tunnel. Failing these treatments, we usually recommend a surgery called carpal tunnel release. In most cases, your symptoms will resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

When the medial nerve that travels through a small space in your wrist (called the carpal tunne) is injured, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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Could this be arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome if I only have pain when typing?

Could this be arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome if I only have pain when typing?

Could be either: Carpal tunnel can be associated with aching pain in the wrist and fingers and/or numbness and tingling usually in the thumb, index and middle finger. The symptoms usually are more noticeable when the wrist is either cocked up, say when driving or bent under when our hand and wrist are under a pillow while sleeping. Nerve conduction tests are very reliable in making this diagnosis. ...Read more

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When there is hand tingling, how do you know if it is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

When there is hand tingling, how do you know if it is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

Location: Carpal tunnel syndrome will have tingling in the hand in the palm surface of the thumb, index, middle and 1/2 of the ring finger. It is usually not associated with pain above the elbow, but it can. Neck pain and weakness are usually signs of a pinched nerve in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome. A good pm&r doc or orthopedic surgeon can tell the difference easily with an examination. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Yes: Although the frequency and severity of symptoms may vary, once you have cts, it does not go away. It can be temporarily worse during pregnancy. Many people can get by with conservative care. It it gets too bothersome, surgery has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have carpal tunnel surgery?

How painful is it to have carpal tunnel surgery?

Not much pain: This is a relatively simple procedure in the hands of an experienced hand surgeon. The minimally invasive procedures typically allow an earlier return to activity and less pain than the traditional open techniques. ...Read more

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Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hypersensitive in the immediate post operative period. I would seek a second opinion if you are concerned for a nerve injury. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition?

I wanted to know is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition?

Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome once it develops is usually a chronic problem. It can often be controlled for many years by use of activity modification, use of wrist splints, medication, or occasional injections. Symptoms may come and go for years but rarely disappear completely. Surgery is the only permanent cure, but not the first treatment to try. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have problems with your wrist after having carpel tunnel surgery?

Is it possible to have problems with your wrist after having carpel tunnel surgery?

Recurrence: Nonspecific question but it could be a complication of the surgery. I would contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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How to know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to know if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

NCS: Nerve conduction study done by a neurologis or a physiatrist. They might also do an EMG if you have slowing of median nerve conduction across the wrist to see if you are loosing muscle function in the base of the thumb. ...Read more

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Why is it that my carpal tunnel is worse after surgery?

Why is it that my carpal tunnel is worse after surgery?

First, what is worse: Is it the numbness and tingling. Is it pain or stiffness? There are times when during the surgery increase pressure or contact occurs with the nerve this is especially true in more severe cases. There are other times where full blown numbness pre-op turns into dysethesia or painful tingling which may mean an "improvement" in nerve transmission even if it feels worse as before you felt nothing. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome in your ankle/foot?

Please explain if it is possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome in your ankle/foot?

Not exactly, similar: While carpal tunnel, by definition, is compression of the median nerve in the wrist, there are nerve compression syndromes that also occur in the legs and feet. A neurologist can help determine what, if any, nerves are affected and how to best relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have carpal tunnel at 25?

Is it possible to have carpal tunnel at 25?

Yes: Carpal tunnel symptoms have no respect for age. If your symptoms persist, then please see a Doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a carpal tunnel release surgery?

What is it like to have a carpal tunnel release surgery?

Relatively simple: Most patient experience significant improvement of numbness and tingling with elimination of pain. The surgery is short and takes only a few minutes and there is little to no pain postoperatively. Down time is approximately 1 week. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's rare for a 16 year old to have carpal tunnel or tendonitis?

Yes: Tendonitis can happen in any age group, and is usually the result of overuse or repetitive use of the hand. Carpal tunnel is rare in a 16 year old, but can occur. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, parathesias and weakness in the median nerve distribution are the hallmarks of the disorder. This causes numbness in the thumb, index finger, long finger and half the ring finger.The symptoms will often times wake people at night, and patients usually complain of loss of dexterity . See a hand surgeon foe definitive diagnosis and nerve conduction tests if indicated. ...Read more

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Can I still play tennis if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can I still play tennis if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: As a fellow tennis player with carpal tunnel syndrome, i still play quite a bit. However, i would recommend precautions, such as taping/bandaging up the wrist and/or wearing a wrist brace for support. I actually do both, and this has helped me to continue playing tennis. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

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I had carpal tunnel surgery. Is it possible to get carpal tunnel again in the same hand?

Yes: Yes, recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome is not particularly common, but the condition can return, usually after many years. ...Read more

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When is it time for surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome?

When is it time for surgery on carpal tunnel syndrome?

When other treatment: When other treatment has not helped, evaluating any other medical problems, avoiding activities that may be causing symptoms, using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory wearing a wrist splint to keep your wrist straight, in some cases, oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the carpal tunnel and some emergency conditions. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with Ulnar nerve entrapment. Is it possible to have carpal tunnel as well? It feels as if my whole hand is numb and tingling

CTS and Ulnar Nerve: entrapment can occur in the same limb. The ulnar nerve can be entrapped in more than one place as well (canal of Guyon in the base of the hand and cubital tunnel in the elbow. There are also other conditions to consider (Martin Gruber Anastomosis and "All median Hand Syndrome" ) A good quality EMG-NCS done by an experienced neurologist (or PMR MD) can sort this all out. ...Read more

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