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Can Carpal Tunnel Cause Trigger Finger
No: Carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger are two conditions that are often seen in association with one another. Often times, patients develop trigger finger after surgical correction of carpal tunnel syndrome (and vice versa). While surgery can cause inflammation and increase the possibility of developing trigger finger, the underlying condition was probably present at the outset. ...Read more
Side effect: Carpal tunnel release can cause swelling in your hand afterwards. Sometimes this may lead to trigger finger, which is due to swelling in your tendon. In addition, after surgery, you may be using your hand more since your fingers are no longer tingling. This can also lead to some swelling in the tendons. Developing trigger finger after surgery is not due to something wrong with the surgery. ...Read more
Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The biomechanics of the tendons going through the carpal tunnel are altered slightly after the surgery which can in fact increase the risk of developing trigger finger. ...Read more
Yes: There has been new research demonstrating an increased risk of trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The release of the thick ligament which is causing compression on the nerve does alter the biomechanics of the tendons slightly which can increase the chances of developing trigger finger. This article was just published within the last few months. ...Read more
Yes, minor surgery: Both conditions are common and can be performed at the same time. It will only take a few minutes as an outpatient surgical procedure. ...Read more
Should 4 of my fingers still be numb 11 hours after carpal tunnel release & trigger finger release?
Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?
Not usually: It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release. Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms. ...Read more
Yes, but not likely: It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release. Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms. ...Read more
I had carpal tunnel surgery in September. Then trigger finger rite after. Now have a hard spot at carpal tunnel sight. Doc says scar tissue don't thinkso?
I have symptoms of trigger finger in both hands, left more than right, carpal tunnel in left hand and numbness and tingling in the left. What can cau?
Common: Since the flexor tendons to the fingers co-habitate with the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, it is not rare for patients with carpal tunnel to eventually get trigger finger. Swelling post carpal tunnel release can lead to changes in the flexor tendon sheath that eventually leads to triggering. Early nsaids or steroid injection may prevent the need for surgery, but surgery is a common option. ...Read more
More than one at tim: But there is no set "how" or amount. It is a great subject to talk about INDIVIDALLY with a surgeon if that is what someone is seeking. Much depends upon how severe each problem is by itself, how healthy the person is, age general health, risks vs benfits of doing it all at once vs having more than one trip to the OR. Where the ganglion is ie the finger near the trigger or somewhere else. ...Read more
I had carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release surgery a week ago and my hand is really stiff and swollen. I was told I needed to bend my fin?
MOVING fingers fully: After surgery for CTS or trigger finger is very important. I always tell my surgical patients that when they return to the office after surgery I want to see them make a full fist AND straighten their fingers out so they can lay their hand flat. Speak to your surgeon to make sure you are doing the right thing, but most agree on this. Not "overdo" it BUTlike touching ones toes, after it is easier ...Read more
Separate incisions: It is very common for people with carpal tunnel to have associated trigger fingers and visa versa. Both surgeries are typically done through small incisions independent of one another, but given that the anesthesia and rehabilitation are similar (early motion), these two procedures often do well with one another and are often performed in the same setting, if they co-exist at the time of surgery. ...Read more
Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel.
The small finger tends to be without symptoms with carpal tunnel -. ...Read more
I woke up this morning with numbness in my thumb and fore finger, I do not have carpal tunnel as far as I know. No injury. What other causes can it be?
Carpal tunnel: Does affect these fingers, but if it the back of the thumb by the knuckle and the back of the finger by the large knuckle it may represent an issue in the radial sensory nerve distribution, It can also be due to a more proximal region such as the neck with a disc or bone spur or anything affecting the cervical nerve roots for example the C6 dermatome, see a doctor to go beyond -as far as you know ...Read more
Can anyone in the panel tell me what can I do for numbness in my fingers from carpal tunnel? I'm very desperate cause its my r hand and I can't work.
Correct diagnosis?: For carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist splints, topical anti - inflammatories, physical therapy to change the mechanics/ergonomics that are causing the problem, and acupuncture can be helpful. If you have progressed to the point of weakness and EMG confirms diagnosis surgery is a possibility. See neurologist or physiatrist to confirm (other nerve irritation can cause similar symptoms.). ...Read more
What could be cause of jolts of pain down fingers when hand gets cold. Have recently had carpal tunnel surgery.?
Nerves waking up: It could be several things, but its not unusual to have a flare up of pain after cts as sensation returns. It can also be caused by scar, post-operative inflammation, and over use. Try ice and anti-inflammatories like Aleve (naproxen) or advil. If it persists, a short course of supervised therapy may help, including de-sensitization exercises like working your handa dn fingers in a pot of dried beans. ...Read more
Can carpal tunnel cause excuriating night time pain and cause fingers to become stiff. Pain wrist bone to outer side of hand and on top of hand.
Carpal tunnel: Yes absolutely - the hallmark is burning night time pain with possible stiffness and the only way to help this is to shake the hands. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel. The thumb and first two fingers on my right hand are going numb during the night. When I wake up and the blood starts flowing back I have excruciating pain. Can't this cause damage to my hand?
Yes.: Yes. Carpal tunnel syndrome is structural. A normal tunnel that tendons and nerves pass through to the hand is tighter or looser in individuals based on genetics--just like loose or tight joints. Those of us with tight tunnels gradually develop carpal tunnel syndrome. The end result is permanent nerve damage (weakness, atrophy, numbness). It's nothing you are doing that is causing this. You are just starting to notice that you have the disease. It is a very slowly progressive disease and you might be able to manage the symptoms with wrist splints at night for years. When you start getting numb in spite of the splints or when the numbness lingers for more than 5-10 minutes, then it's time to have surgery. ...Read more
Yes: Carpal tunnel classically presents with numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger (on the side closer to the thumb). Carpal tunnel is compression of the median nerve in the palm. The median nerve provides sensation to the aforementioned fingers, which is why patients generally have numbness in those fingers, due to compression of the nerve by the transverse carpal ligament. ...Read more
Here is a nice video I made a few years back
http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=lwghddhvm60&list=plcbd41f7a42e20469&index=4&feature=plpp_video
any other questions please let me know. ...Read more
Depends: This is a common problem. It may improve with time. ...Read more
Numbness CTR: Depending on the severity, carpal tunnel syndrome after skilled surgery can take up to 6 months to improve. If the night pain has improved, but the numbing and tingling has not fully resolved, you can still be part of the >90% that get better with time. You are 2/3 the way there! The blood supply improves immediately, and with it the pain. The insulation (myelin) takes time, so it can take months. ...Read more
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