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What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the best exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: After any hand surgery it's important to keep the fingers moving. Make full fists and extend the fingers many times throughout the day. After a week or two start moving the wrist. ...Read more

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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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What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

What are recommended exercises after carpal tunnel surgery?

Keep fingers moving: Immediately after surgery it's important to keep your fingers moving with your wrist in a neutral position (not bent backward or foreward). Try doing this several times an hour while awake for the first 24 hours. Movements should be slow and full - fully extend the fingers straight and fully flex them into the palm, but without gripping tightly. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to prevent carpal tunnel surgery?

What are good exercises to prevent carpal tunnel surgery?

None: There are tendon and nerve gliding exercises that have been described. I have not found these very effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome. You can try doing exercises for a period of one month to 6 weeks. If you're carpal tunnel symptoms are not resolved i would consider surgery. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

What are the best exercises after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Depend: That depends on the surgery. That should be discussed with your surgeon who can probably refer you for physical therapy specific to the type of surgery done. ...Read more

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What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

What will be the complications of carpal tunnel surgery?

Hopefully nothing: This is fairly routine, superficial surgery and complications are rare. It is theoretically possible to cause damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels in addition to usual risks (infection, poor wound healing, etc). ...Read more

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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

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What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

What kind of pain medications are given after open carpal tunnel release surgery?

Narcotic meds.: Narcotic medications are often helpful during the first 24-48 hours to recover from the acute pain symptoms following carpal tunnel surgery. Afterwards, over-the-counter medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are generally acceptable and sufficient for pain relief. ...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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What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

What are the criteria for going ahead with carpal tunnel surgery?

Persistent symptoms: If you have persistent symptoms of numbness, weakness or pain with a diagnosis of CTS despite trying some conservative management including a splint, anti inflammatories, or steroids then you really should consider surgery. the success rate is very good at over 90%. Surgery will delay any further injury to the nerve which can even lead to permanent nerve damage if not managed appropriately. ...Read more

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What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

What are the problems after fasciectomy (surgery) for compartment syndrome?

Fasciectomy: Fasciectomy/Fasciotomy does not really have many complications if it is performed correctly. As with any surgery, there is the possibility of nerve damage or vascular damage just from having the surgery, and any other post operative complication. But, if the procedure is performed well and there are no surgical complications, there are few, if any problems after the surgery. ...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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What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel: 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 ., . ...Read more

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What kind of brace is best for carpal tunnel?

What kind of brace is best for carpal tunnel?

A brace that: Is solid on the wrist side and keeps your wrist in a slightly extended position, maybe 10 degrees at most. Make sure to wear it during activities that aggravate your carpal tunnel syndrome and also at night as we tend to flex our wrists at night. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel. What is the best treatment that's not surgery?

I have carpal tunnel. What is the best treatment that's not surgery?

Treatment carpal: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Can work well in many instances if it seems/gets worse or if conservative rx fails nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handctr.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-q-a.html. ...Read more

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What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

Wound care: Follow your surgeons recommendations with appropriate activity limitations and wound care and the prescribed follow up routine and therapy regimen. ...Read more

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What are some exercises to relieve carpal tunnel?

What are some exercises to relieve carpal tunnel?

Neutral position: The primary thing to do is prevent increased pressure across the carpal tunnel itself, such as by flexing or hyperextending the wrists. Wearing neutral position wrist splints at night can prevent the natural tendency to flex the wrist while asleep and provide significant relief in many cases. ...Read more

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Need to find the best exercises for post carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. A lot of numbness and pain. Weakness in the right hand side?

Need to find the best exercises for post carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. A lot of numbness and pain. Weakness in the right hand side?

Physical Therapist: Spend an hour with a physical therapist that can educate you in the proper home exercises for carpel tunnel, aka cts. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery (Definition)

Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. This "pinching" is done by the transverse carpal ligament which is longitudinally split during surgery. This can be ...Read more