Why does my hand still hurt after carpal tunnel surgery?
At three months following carpal tunnel surgery, your numbness and pain still could be byproducts of the procedure. Many people find the incision causes pain and irritation as it heals. In addition, a condition called ‘pillar pain,’ which is a localized reaction to the surgery, can lead to discomfort.
What type of pain is normal after carpal tunnel surgery?
Regardless of an endoscopic or open approach, some patients undergoing carpal tunnel surgery experience pillar pain. Pillar pain is postsurgical pain at the base of the hand on the palm side. It is considered normal for the first 2-6 weeks after surgery.
How long does it take for nerves to heal 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.
What helps pain after carpal tunnel surgery?
Surgical pain can be managed in many ways: elevation, ice therapy, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and prescription-strength pain medication. Most patients do not require opioid (narcotic) medications and those who do usually use them less than three days following the surgery.
What happens at 6 weeks after carpal tunnel surgery?
6 to 8 weeks: Patients should be back to nearly full daily life and sporting activities, but still will feel some soreness in the palm to deep pressure or touch. Nighttime symptoms improve, but there may still be some numbness in the fingers.
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.
What does Pillar pain feel like?
Most patients have decreased hand numbness, no night-time hand tingling, and less pins and needles hand pain. Many of my patients tell me that after surgery they were able to sleep well for the first time in months. However, surgical site pain can be a temporary problem for some patients.
What can go wrong after carpal tunnel surgery?
Other complications were hypertrophic scars, dysesthesias after multiple procedures to release the carpal tunnel, joint stiffness, failure to relieve symptoms, and neuromas of the dorsal sensory branch of the radial nerve. All of these complications are potentially preventable.
When can I take bandage off after carpal tunnel surgery?
How should you take care of your dressing/wound? Keep the dressing and all the skin covered, clean and dry for about five days. Afterwards, you may remove the dressing yourself prior to coming in for your first post-operative visit.