Didn't see your site until today and had Carpal Tunnel surgery 4/8...

by Heather
(Central Coast, CA)

I have numbness along the incision on my palm. I have no numbness in my fingers. Is it normal to have the numbness along the incision and about how long will it last?

Before surgery I was also diagnosed with tendonitis in both hands. My doctor injected my left wrist while operating on my right. The injection has seemed to help tremendously.

Is it a good idea to continue wearing my wrist brace during the day (thumb immobilized) and my other wrist brace at night?



Joshua Answers:

Hi Heather.

I don't know that the numbness is normal, but I wouldn't say it's uncommon.

Assuming that the numbness wasn't there before, and assuming that there was no damage to the nerve during the surgery, it could go away in days, or months.

You had Tendonitis in both hands?

Where, exactly? Why did the doctor diagnose you with that, exactlY?

Wrist splints and braces are ok for short durations. I'm more of a fan of gentle movement over immobilization though, as immobilization just makes structures shorter and tighter.

That's great that the Corticosteroid Injections reduced your pain levels. Great.

What else did your doctor prescribe to help fix the underlying problem that is causing all your symptoms?

It took me a bit to reply to you. Please give me an update on how you are now, a month after your surgery.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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