Carpal Tunnel Injection
DefinitionA carpal tunnel injection is a corticosteroid injection into the carpel tunnel area of the wrist.
|Carpal Tunnel Syndrome|
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Reasons for ProcedureThe median nerve runs from the forearm into the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when this nerve is squeezed at the wrist as it runs through the carpel tunnel. This results in pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness in your hand and wrist. Pain may also radiate up your arm. Steroid injections into the carpel tunnel area can help improve symptoms for three months or longer. You may not need further treatment.
Possible ComplicationsComplications are rare, but no procedure is risk-free. Your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
- No improvement in symptoms
What to Expect
Prior to ProcedureYour doctor may ask you what medications you take and if you have any allergies to medications.
AnesthesiaYou will be given an injection of local anesthetic to numb the area.
Description of the ProcedureA needle will be filled with corticosteroid medication. This medication calms inflammation. Your palm will be facing upward. The inside of your wrist will be cleaned. The needle will be inserted into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist, and the medication will be injected.
How Long Will It Take?A few minutes
Will It Hurt?You may feel some pain after the anesthetic wears off.
Post-procedure CareAt the Care CenterThe injection site will be bandaged. You and your doctor will discuss what to expect in the coming days.At Home When you return home, take these steps:
- Take over-the-counter pain medication.
- Avoid strenuous activity involving the joint for 48 hours.
- Follow your doctor's instructions.