Carpal tunnel is a condition that causes pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness in the hand and fingers due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist (Carpal Tunnel). Repetitive motions, such as typing or manual labour, or conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes, often cause it. It is also common during pregnancy. Treatment options include splints, physiotherapy, steroid injection and surgery.
Some common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel syndrome include:
Carpal tunnel release surgery typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. You’ll be able to head home on the same day. The procedure is mostly performed awake under local anaesthetic injection to numb the palm. During the procedure, we will make a small incision in the heel of the palm and divide the ligament that is pressing on the median nerve to relieve the compression. After surgery, a period of rest and physiotherapy is typically recommended to help the wrist heal and regain strength.
There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing trigger finger, including:
Recovery time from Carpal Tunnel surgery varies from person to person, but most people notice an improvement in their symptoms right after the procedure. The time it takes to recover fully can range from several weeks to a few months, depending on several factors, such as the severity of the condition, the type of surgery performed, and the patient’s overall health. As the palm begins to heal, most people can gradually return to normal activities and regain strength and function in their hand and wrist.
It’s important to remember that every human body and hand is different, and everyone’s recovery time will vary; it’s also important to follow the post-operative instructions and attend any follow-up appointments with a doctor to ensure a successful recovery.
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