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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
Sometimes: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) symptoms can be caused by inflammation. If the inflammation is treated, the symptoms resolve. The symptoms may return overtime. Symptoms present for more than 6 months, despite treatment with oral/injectable steroids, splints and therapy, are not likely to resolve. In these cases cts is treated with surgical release, open or endoscopic. ...Read more
I think had carpal tunnel syndrome few yrs back used wrap&pain relief gels. Still today can't do heavy things w/out pains coming back. How to strengthen?
Hand Therapy: Wrist and hand pain and weakness can have several causes. At your age carpal tunnel syndrome is unusual and not my first thought if you have hand weakness. If you don't have any numbness or tingling in your fingers, just pain, you probably don't have carpal tunnel. Other causes of hand pain at your age include possible ligament injuries, joint laxity, inflammatory arthritis. Get it checked out. ...Read more
Could you tell me if someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, would that person necessarily have to have surgery?
Sure: Options include wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and local steroid injections. ...Read more
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
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
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
Carpal tunnel releas: Carpal tunnel release.Get a more detailed answer ›
Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical.
Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if I wait and can conservative treament work
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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
Recurrence: With a successful carpal tunnel release, studies demonstrate approximately 2% recurrence rate over a lifetime. Both hands may statistically increase that chance to 4%. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, doctor says it needs surgery. Can I still work until I have surgery?
Yes: Yes you can unless your doc thinks it will make it worse and cause permanent damage. ...Read more
I have constant pain in my left wrist (and lately the right too). When I wake up most of my hand is numb or tingly. It takes 10 minutes to an hour for the feeling to come back. Could this be carpal tunnel? Should I see a doctor?
Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?
Hello, I need surgery on both wrists because of severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. How long will it take after surgery before I can use my hand again?
If your carpal tunnel is severe I would bet you cannot use your hands now......
Recovery varies, but fine motor is pretty good right away progressing to full strength after a few weeks. ...Read more
Post carpal tunnel surgery, can a follow-up nerve conduction study (ncs) have adverse effects or make the hand worse. Can ncs lead to complex regional pain syndrome?
Not really ; Ditto: Although I am not sure why a follow-up nerve conduction study would be necessary there is little chance that could cause any type of harm or worsening of symptoms. I am unaware of any literature that supports the notion of complex regional pain syndrome as a result of a nerve conduction study. ...Read more
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
Carpal Tunnel Syndro: Carpal tunnel release involves cutting of the broad carpal ligament. May be incomplete. At times an ultrasound guided injection can help. ...Read more
Will carpel tunnel force me into a new career? I'm a barber and developed carpal tunnel after fifteen years. Is there any chance I can go back to being a barber after carpal tunnel surgery or is it time to find a new profession?
No career change:
Carpal tunnel surgery permanently changes the anatomy of the carpal tunnel so reoccurrent symptoms, even if returning to the same job, is unusual.
So fixing the carpal tunnel should get you back to being a barber -. ...Read more
Had carpal tunnel surgery back in 2009 and my fingers and arm are still going numb and wake me up out of my sleep... What could this be?
New exam. Maybe EMG: A new examination by a physician who specializes in nerve pain (dysesthesias) is warranted. The key would be to perform a physical exam and history to try to differentiate the cause. Electrodiagnostic studies (EMG) may be indicated to evaluate specific nerves. Get eval with neurologist, physiatrist, or hand surgeon to help. ...Read more
Had Carpal Tunnel Release surgery 4 days ago-they did a nerve block. In 24 hrs I had my feeling back in my fingers except 2, my 3rd & 4th. Need I worry?
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
See your surgeon: Pain for a few days is not unusual, but if it's worse, see the doctor. ...Read more
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