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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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Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Tried the brace; no luck. What can help Carpal Tunnel besides cortisone shots or surgery?

Possibilities: Would rate the following about 35% effective, but might be tried: Pyridoxine phosphate 100 mg twice daily for 6 weeks, with an added anti-inflammatory med such as Naproxen Sodium 375 mg thrice daily. ...Read more

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How to take a cortisone shot for carpal tunnel?

How to take a cortisone shot for carpal tunnel?

Option: This is an option for conservative treatment of cts. Safe to do, works for some. ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot in wrist under fluoroscopy for numbness of carpal tunnel, i still have numbness just not as pronounced, but now have pain.?

I had a cortisone shot in wrist under fluoroscopy for numbness of carpal tunnel, i still have numbness just not as pronounced, but now have pain.?

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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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Can a cortisone injection into the carpal tunnel stop the numbness and tingling? If it does is that a good indication that you do have carpal tunnel?

Can a cortisone injection into the carpal tunnel stop the numbness and tingling? If it does is that a good indication that you do have carpal tunnel?

Steroid injection: Steroid injection can temporarily relieve symptoms of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, and long finger. The classic signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness and tingling in those digits and nighties awakening with numbness/tingling. However, steroid injection is usually not an effective long term treatment strategy. Consider evaluation by a board certified hand surgeon. ...Read more

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If cortisone injections are just a "band aid"and not a fix, why would a doctor recommend it for carpal tunnel instead of just doing the surgery?

If cortisone injections are just a "band aid"and not a fix, why would a doctor recommend it for carpal tunnel instead of just doing the surgery?

Band Aid is Misnomer: I would not refer to cortisone injections as a bandaid. Often they buy you time while you address the underlying condition with physical therapy or work changes. Surgery is not always successful and can lead to worse problems in some cases. ...Read more

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I have pins and needles along with itchy pain in my hands which gets less when I'm using cortisone. Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

I have pins and needles along with itchy pain in my hands which gets less when I'm using cortisone. Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Unlikely based upon: ...the limited symptoms you are providing. Having said that, I don't know what other symptoms you may have that you're simply not telling us about. So, Do you have CTS based upon itchy pain in the hands which decreases with cortisol? NOT LIKELY. Do you have CTS? Unknown since it's possible you're not telling us ALL YOUR symptoms. Be happy to talk to you 1-1 though: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have carpul tunlel i got cortisone injecksions and it got worse i move my wrist at all and get the shock feel i used to squees my tools and get the skock. I went and got cortisone shots and now if i move my wrist at all i get the shock much worse than

I have carpul tunlel i got cortisone injecksions and it got worse i move my wrist at all and get the shock feel i used  to squees my tools and get the skock. I went and got cortisone shots and now if i move my wrist at all i get the shock much worse than

Steroid : Steroid injections for carpal tunnel syndrome are meant to be given within the closed space of the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel contains the median nerve, whose compression causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is possible, though unlikely, that the injection was made into the nerve itself. If so, this can cause worsening of the symptoms as you describe. It is more likely that either the compression of the nerve is severe or long-standing enough that the injection did not help or, alternatively, that your problem is not carpal tunnel syndrome, in which case the injection will also not help. You need to return to the doctor who performed the injection and let him/her know what is happening. ...Read more

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Could a steroid shot help carpel tunnel?

Maybe: Corticosteroid shots are commonly used for carpal tunnel syndrome. However, the effects are variable. They tend to be most helpful in individuals with mild disease that has been present for a shorter period of time (< 1 year). More advanced or severe cts is not likely to have a lasting response from a steroid injection. ...Read more

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How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

How many doctors will be in the operation room for a carpal tunnel surgery?

One or two or three: Usually surgery is performed by one surgeon without an assistant except in training programs where a resident or fellow may be present. Depending on the method of anesthesia a doctor to provide anesthesia may also be present as the surgery can be done with local anesthesia alone, with sedation administered by the surgeon or by an anesthesiologist or under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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33 yrs old, hand numbness, pain in shoulder, mom has lupus, cort shot took pain away, have nerve test to check if carpal tunnel. Dr said may be lupus.

33 yrs old, hand numbness, pain in shoulder, mom has lupus, cort shot took pain away, have nerve test to check if carpal tunnel. Dr said may be lupus.

See rheum: You are far more likely to have carpal tunnel than lupus. I presume you have seen an orthopedic surgeon who had injected the wrist area with cortisone. If the nerve test confirms CTS, then you should rest at ease. I greatly doubt that you have lupus since the joint involvement is atypical and your gender. ...Read more

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Could carpal tunnel syndrome come back after surgery?

Could carpal tunnel syndrome come back after surgery?

Yes: Unfortunately carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) may recur in a small population of patients. This is best assessed by your md using a physical exam and a emg/ncv (needle study of your nerve/muscles) exam. The good news is that most patients do well with open carpal tunnel release surgery in the case of recurrence. ...Read more

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I'm having some serious wrist-pains! could this be carpal tunnel?

I'm having some serious wrist-pains! could this be carpal tunnel?

Unlikely: Carpal tunnel in characterized to numbness, electric shocks or pins and needles sensation in the thumb and the first 2 1/2 fingers. Wrist pain alone is nor carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

How long could it take to recover from carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery?

Depends on severity: Somewhat different for the two. Carpal tunnel involving the median nerve at the wrist has a very quick recovery with many people feeling better immediately after surgery and returning to work sometimes in the same week or at most 3 or 4 weeks later. Cubital tunnel is very different involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow and sometimes requiring transposition of the nerve. Recovery is longer. ...Read more

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