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After carple tunnel surgery is therpy needed?

After carple tunnel surgery is therpy needed?

Not usually: Most of my patients do very well after carpal tunnel surgery and recover rapidly. Therapy is rarely necessary. However, some of my older patients seem to benefit from a few weeks of therapy, especially those who develop significant postoperative swelling or stiffness. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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After carple tunnel surgery is therapy needed ?

Not usually: Most of my patients do very well and recover rapidly after carpal tunnel surgery. Some of my older patients who develop moderate swelling and/or stiffness following surgery do seem to benefit from a few weeks of therapy. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Yes, there is surgery that can be done called carpal tunnel release surgery. However, it is usually reserved until after more conservative measures have failed. If you are interested in surgery, you would need to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the details. ...Read more

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Is surgery the answer for carpal tunnel syndrome ?

It can be: When the pain, numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) can not be relieved with oral/injectable steroids, therapy and/or night splints, surgery is the only option. Open, mini-open and endoscopic techniques are available for treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injection into carpal canal. If symptoms continue or progress, with incrasinain, weakness, or worsening numbness and tingling, surgery may be required. ...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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What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel rel: Surgery for carpal tunnel involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to make room for the median nerve. It can be done through an incision at the base of the palm cutting the ligament from above (open), or from below (endoscopic). Risks are different, but results similar. Stitches removed 10-14 days post op. Return to most activities 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Is surgery my only options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is surgery my only options to treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Splints, surgery: The most common treatments for cts are wrist splints that typically are worn at night , anti inflammatory medications, some advocate steroid injections, and if the symptoms persist, a carpal tunnel release surgery. Surgery typically has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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What kind of pre-tests for surgery are done for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What kind of pre-tests for surgery are done for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Electrodiagnostics.: An electrodiagnostic evaluation (also known as an emg/ncs study) is usually ordered to confirm the location and severity of nerve compression. Other diagnoses can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome, such as cervical radiculopathy, so an emg/ncs study is helpful to corroborate your physician's findings. ...Read more

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