Carpal tunnel injection and release

Carpal tunnel injection and release

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the hand and arm, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and burning, and eventually weakness in the index, middle, and lower half of the ring fingers (the areas that are innervated by the median nerve). The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that protects the main nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that bend your fingers.

Damage or overuse of wrists, hands, or fingers can pressure the median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel.

Because carpal tunnel syndrome can also indicate serious diseases and conditions, talk to a specialist immediately if your fingers are numb or painful.

Some conditions that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Trauma

There are two different procedures to help carpal tunnel sufferers after home remedies, like wearing braces and avoiding certain movements that aggravate it.

The first option is corticosteroid shots injected into the area that can relieve the pain, but it is not right for everyone. There are certain complications to receiving these steroid shots that your provider can discuss with you.

The second choice is the carpal tunnel release procedure, where a surgeon cuts through the carpal ligament to relieve the pressure on the carpal tunnel nerve, causing pain. Recovery time is between three to six months.