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What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

CTR recovery: In my practice the patient has a soft dressing for 1 week and they start mobilizing in the second week. Recovery from the carpal tunnel surgery can be as quick as two weeks but the nerve recovery may take 6 months if the nerve compression was severe. Scar matures over 6-9 months. Your hand surgeon is the best person to give you detailed information about recovery specific to your condition. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Days to weeks: An endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ctr) requires a very small incision on the wrist. It is common to have some soreness in the wrist and/or palm after surgery. Post-operative immobilization is brief and the hand can be used almost immediately after surgery. More rigorous activities may take 2-6 weeks of recovery time. Therapy is needed only for severe cases or significant pain/swelling post-op. ...Read more

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I've had open carpal tunnel release 5 days ago. I work in maintenance at a residential building, a lot of manual labor. How much time out of work?

I've had open carpal tunnel release 5 days ago. I work in maintenance at a residential building, a lot of manual labor. How much time out of work?

Open carpal tunnel: Http://www. Coa. Org/docs/2013-Annual-Meeting/MobileApp/MelhornMark%20Top%2010%20Disability%20Durations. Pdf

heavy work 84 days about2- 3 months onward depending on how healing is going. Your orthopedist should be directing the return to work, as you want it to heal entirely. F/u/ w/ orthopedics ...Read more

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How long is recovery for a 2nd carpal tunnel surgery?

How long is recovery for a 2nd carpal tunnel surgery?

6-8 weeks: For a re-exploration, probably 6-8 weeks. You may benefit from occupational therapy once your incision has completely healed. ...Read more

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What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

Good things: Usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with light sedation so home fairly soon after the procesure. Sutures usually are in for about two weeks but during that time the hand can be used for most things. Pre-operative discomfort should be relieved fairly soon after surgery with full sensation and strength somewhat more variable. A good operation if you need it. ...Read more

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9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

Thumb pain: Has many causes, tendonitis, arthritis, injury, strain, ligament laxity. A common condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor tendon or trigger finger. Full bending, flexion of the thumb can cause the index tip to bend, sometimes known as a linberg comstock syndrome (this is anatomy not an issue) and some will involuntarily flex other fingers. If there, pain, swelling seek medical rx ...Read more

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Does pentrex really work for carpal tunnel?

Does pentrex really work for carpal tunnel?

Ingredients make no: Sense to me
msm : is not proven but largely if there are any claim its by ingesting it not a cream
cetyl_myristoleate: has no proven effects
choline bitartrate: makes no sense as a cream
arnica: no more effective than placebo boswellia serrata: has components that may relief some inflammation
pyridoxine (vit b6) as a cream. Why?

Use of these as a cream makes no sense, pseudoscience at best. ...Read more

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Is a carpal tunnel a result of a work injury?

Is a carpal tunnel a result of a work injury?

Depends: Carpal tunnel was thought to be due to repetitive motions, but research failed to prove this theory. There are many etiologies of carpal tunnel syndrome ranging from endocrine disorders to trauma. It also depends on what you do for a living. ...Read more

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When's is the right time to take action with Carpal Tunnel pains?

When's is the right time to take action with Carpal Tunnel pains?

See below: Carpal tunnel involves the median nerve and will usually cause symptoms of tingling numbness pain in certain fingers and part of the palm of the hand. There can be irreversible damage to the nerve if the symptoms are ignored. So it is best to be evaluated early to avoid more serious issues ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) considered a "work-related" injury

Is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) considered a "work-related" injury

Possibly: Cts can also result from trauma to the wrist (fall, crush injury). Not all state work comp rules recognize cts as a work related issue, particularly, if it is attributed to "overuse, " such as typing, keyboard, etc. Generally, if there is a chance that it might be accepted, you can expect a thorough investigation in to your life, to make sure that there is no other possible cause. ...Read more

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Depending what I eat will determine how bad my carpal tunnel gets at night time?

Depending what I eat will determine how bad my carpal tunnel gets at night time?

Fluid retention: Any food that causes you to retain fluid, hence increasing edema in the extremities, will exacerbate your carpal tunnel by increasing the pressure in the canal. This causes greater compression of the median nerve worsening your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel cureable if I had it my whole life? It's not severe but bad at times and had since I was like 10. Will it be like this forever?

Is carpal tunnel cureable if I had it my whole life? It's not severe but bad at times and had since I was like 10. Will it be like this forever?

Carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is curable. Numbness and tingling in the hand that wakes you up at night is a complaint in over 95% of people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist splints and elbow guards can help at night. Neuropathic medicine and compound cream will reduce the numbness and tingling too. An electromyogram and nerve conduction study will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could energy work for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Could energy work for carpal tunnel syndrome?

The question is un--: Clear.
It needs to be rephrased and/or edited. ...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 carpal tunnel. Should I try to work at my usual speed?

I have carpal tunnel. Should I try to work at my usual speed?

What's your job?: If your task involves forceful gripping, pulling, wrist twisting, rapid or repetitive finger / hand movements and your work pace bothers you, slow down. Wear wrist supports at work if possible. Consider corticosteroid injection into wrist or have surgery if nothing else works. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel release, for how much time does the pain last for?

Carpal tunnel release, for how much time does the pain last for?

Not too bad: For most patients, they are able to gradually resume most normal activities around 6 weeks after surgery. Most do not require occupational therapy on the hand. However, ot can be helpful if the recovery is slow. Your hand will be sore and possibly swollen for the first few weeks. Fortunately, most patients have a very good outcome. Typical post-op pain is not too bad. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, work for tech startup. Can I work until I have surgery? Boss if tough

I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, work for tech startup. Can I work until I have surgery? Boss if tough

Yes: Try treatments such as: rest periods during work hours, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. ...Read more

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What to do if I do type a lot for work but I have no pain, could it be carpal tunnel syndrome or anyone have any other ideas?

Seems OK: From your question it sounds like you are OK. CTS always involves some sort of pain, numbness or tingling. If you want to prevent that then you can look into ergonomically correct workspace designs, mouse, keyboard. ...Read more

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My son has carpal tunnel syndrome any daily exercise for relief and cure? Also will it work if he uses the keyboard a lot and exercise it.

My son has carpal tunnel syndrome any daily exercise for relief and cure? Also will it work if he uses the keyboard a lot and exercise it.

Physical therapy: Physical therapy is very important for this condition. His doctor can refer him to a physical therapist in your area. The therapist can give home exercises in addition to other treatments at their office. I hope he feels better soon! ...Read more

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How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly?

How does carpal tunnel surgery work exactly?

Easy: It is one of the simples surgeries in the world. Takes few minutes just to grab scissor and cut the band of fibrous tissue that is pressing the median nerve. Pts. Get a wound like 2-3 inches long from the palm of the hand down to the wrist. Stitches are placed on the skin to be removed few days later. Some sort of immobilization with a wrist brace is place to prevent movement of the wound. ...Read more

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Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

YES cortisone works: There have been many studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of corticosteroid injections for carpal tunnel and there have been those that said they do not work.

Much depends upon the severity, chronicity and duration of the carpal tunnel as well as other health factors

yes cortisone works but not all the the time short answer. ...Read more

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When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

When can I go back to work after carpal tunnel surgery?

6 weeks: For most patients, they are able to gradually resume most normal activities around 6 weeks after surgery. Most do not require occupational therapy on the hand. However, ot can be helpful if the recovery is slow. The type of work being done influences when someone can return. The more strenuous the work the more time it takes. Your surgeon can help you make a plan as to when you can return. ...Read more

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My wrist clicks every time I move it up and down. Is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

My wrist clicks every time I move it up and down. Is this carpal tunnel syndrome?

No: Carpal tunnel symptoms include wrist pain and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Wrist clicking may be from your tendons moving around or from fluid in your joints. ...Read more

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What to do if I having carpal tunnel surgery, is it better to get both done at the same time?

No: To a degree this is a personal preference. However, I would strongly discourage having both hands done at the same time. It makes the initial recovery pretty difficult. ...Read more

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Returning to work after endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Gradually increase work hours over how many days?

It depends on job.: I tell both my endoscopic and open carpal tunnel release patients to take 2 weeks off work. People with more seditary jobs are usually ready to return to work by 2 weeks. Patients who perform heavy labor may need to be off or on light duty for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Advice for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a computer and mouse at work? I already wear a SmartGlove on my wrist.

Advice for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a computer and mouse at work? I already wear a SmartGlove on my wrist.

Rest: Carpal tunnel is overgrowth of band around tunnel for median nerve, rest ius best treatment but half cocked Velcro wrist splints especially at night along with pain meds like Excedrin, motrin, aleve (naproxen) good, repetitive wristflexion /work causes this most often though not sure in many cases if getting worse steroid injection or surgery in order but still can come back if repetitive use again builds ...Read more

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Are special splints required for my carpal tunnel, or will anything that restricts the bending motion work?

Are special splints required for my carpal tunnel, or will anything that restricts the bending motion work?

Neutral brace: Any wrist splint that holds your wrist straight (neutral) will work. Some splints hold your wrist back (extended). This decreases the space for the nerve (carpal tunnel) and are not as effective. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel before my wrist I have a little pain when I move it certain ways I do lefting at my place of work can it be carpal or tendonitis?

Possibly: Pain in the wrist has many different possibilities from carpal tunnel to tendinitis to ligament injuries and arthritis.

The hallmark of carpal tunnel is numbness and tingling in addition to pain. Without this numbness and pain I would be evaluated by a medical professional to investigate the other possibilities. ...Read more