When can I start working out after carpal tunnel surgery?
Once your sutures are removed, you can increase activities as tolerated but avoid heavy repetitive activities for 4 weeks after surgery. Most patients who have carpal tunnel release regain full use of their hand, with full motion and return of strength within about 4 weeks after their surgery.
How can I strengthen my hands after carpal tunnel surgery?
Wrist Flexion & Stretch
- Extend your arm out in front of your, with your wrist flexed at a 90-degree angle.
- Using your other hand, gently pull your wrist back by your fingers.
- Hold this position for 10 to 30 seconds, repeating 5 times.
How long should I rest my hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
You can use your hand lightly in the first 2 weeks, but it helps to avoid too much strain. Slowly, you can get back to more normal activities, like: Driving (a couple of days after surgery) Writing (after a week, but expect 4-6 weeks before it feels easier.)
How long does stiffness last after carpal tunnel surgery?
Grip and hand strength usually come back within 2-3 months after surgery, but it can take up to a year to fully recover. By one year, you should be receiving all the benefits of your surgery.
Can you overdo it after carpal tunnel surgery?
After the carpal tunnel incision has healed, hand activity is not harmful to the recovery process. Doing too much with the hands after surgery can be sore, but it does not cause long-lasting damage.
Can I do push ups after carpal tunnel surgery?
By six weeks there should be no restrictions on your activities. However, it is not uncommon to feel a little bit of discomfort with more aggressive activities such as push-ups even up to 4 to 6 months after surgery.
Do you lose strength in your hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
In rare cases, the symptoms of pain and numbness may return (the most common complication), or there may be temporary loss of strength when pinching or gripping an object, due to the cutting of the transverse carpal ligament.
Can you bend your wrist after carpal tunnel surgery?
If you notice drainage that is not clear, or have symptoms of heat and redness at the incision site that is getting worse – you should contact your therapist or physician’s office as soon as possible. Avoid bending your wrist forward until you are 2 weeks post operatively, your splint will help with this.
What is the recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?
The recovery from carpal tunnel surgery takes time – anywhere from several weeks to several months. If the nerve has been compressed for a long period of time, recovery may take even longer. Recovery involves splinting your wrist and getting physical therapy to strengthen and heal the wrist and hand.
Can you damage your hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
The majority of patients suffer no complications following carpal tunnel release surgery. However some patients may suffer from pain, infections, scarring, and nerve damage causing weakness, paralysis, or loss of sensation and stiffness in the hand and wrist area.
Why does my hand burn after carpal tunnel surgery?
Pain from nerve injury
Another uncommon complication of hand surgery is median nerve damage. It occurs more often with endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery. Most times this pain goes away in 1-3 months. However, feelings like numbness, itching or burning may take its place.
How long does it take to get feeling in fingers after carpal tunnel surgery?
Though surgery is typically these patients’ best option, their sensation may never return to normal and often takes 6-12 months to improve.
Why do I have a bump on my wrist after carpal tunnel surgery?
Scar formation results in a lump at the base of the palm. This is noticeable when you lean on the hand or push off. This is normal and improves with time and massage. Leaning on your knuckles with the wrist in a straight position will help.
Why is my hand still swollen after surgery?
It is normal to have swelling after hand surgery, and swelling is a cause of pain. Swelling and pain will be less if you keep your hand/arm above your heart. Keeping an ice pack in your armpit or in the bend in your elbow may also decrease swelling and pain.