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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injection

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injection

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition involving entrapment and inflammation of the median nerve as it crosses through the space (palm side) between the forearm and hand.

Typically, numbness and tingling are the hallmark symptoms and occur in the thumb through ring finger.  Associated symptoms can be weakness in the hand or thumb and pain during the night.

The doctor will numb the surface of the skin at the wrist crease to the palm. Then he will:

  • Insert a thin needle into the base of the palm
  • Inject a mixture of anesthetic (for temporary pain relief) and steroid (for longer term relief)

According to a study published in 2012 in Hand journal, 63% of patients who had a local steroid injection experienced pain relief on a long-term basis. How long the pain relief lasts varies person to person. For some, the relief lasts several months or longer. If the treatment works for you, you can have periodic injections to stay pain-free.

The risk of complication from a carpal tunnel injection is very low. The most common side effect is post-injection site discomfort and numbness of the palm, thumb, and fingers. Rarely, complications include bleeding or infection at the injection site. Most of the time, the side effects resolve within a few hours.

Do not do any rigorous activity for the first day after your injection. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. Do not drive the day of the injection if you have had any form of anesthesia.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately.

In some cases, it may take up to a week for the steroid to begin working. If you don’t feel better within the first two weeks, see your doctor to discuss different treatment options.

Not sure what treatment options are best for you?  Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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