Tendonitis pain in wrist after Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Workers Comp hassle


I had carpal tunnel surgery over a year ago and it took care of the pain I was having. Now I have pain in my wrist. It limits range of motion as far as turning my wrist or picking or carrying anything too heavy.

I'm fighting with Worker's Comp on this since my doctor said it was Tendintis.

According to the Worker's Comp people you can get this from having Carpal Tunnel. Is this True?

I really need an answer because I never heard of that before.

What can I do to help relieve the pain and my motion in my wrist?

Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Mary.

I changed your ALL CAPS to regular case, please reply in normal case.

1. I can definitely help you with the pain and tightness.

2. I'm not clear on the issue with Worker's Comp. Did you get CTS and surgery for it due to work? And now Worker's Comp is saying the Tendonitis pain is not related?

Please clarify.

3. Yes, you can develop tendonitis after Carpal Tunnel. And especially after CTS surgery.

Both are the result of a Pain Causing Dynamic.

CTS surgery doesn't get the ecology of your wrist/forearm back to 100%. Tightness and such is still present, possibly more so.

You'll need to tell me more about what's going on.

4. For the immediate benefit, start Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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Dec 13, 2011
pain after Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery
by: Anonymous

I had CTS in aug and sept and it is now dec I have my range of motion back since I did 7 sessions of PT but I am still in alot of pain more in my left than right but BOTH wake me up at night the pain is bad and then after it hits its highest peak and I wake up and it slowly goes away it leaves me with a deep ache like all my fingers were bent backwards and the surgery area is about 2 inches long and it HURTS SO BAD to touch the scar and all around it is a deep burning pain and it I bump it with anythign I am in a great deal of pain I have tried neurontin and Lyrica and neither are working have you ever heard of this and my Dr really doesn't seem to care I am so worried because of the recovery time I have lost my job I just want to know if there is light at the end of the tunnel maybe I should ask for something different at my next office visit


Joshua Comments:

Wow, that was one long sentence!

I wonder what you'll get from a trip back to a doctor that doesn't care?

You hurt for good reason.

1. Surgery damages you.

2. Surgery doesn't reverse the factors that were CAUSING the Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.


To understand why you have pain, etc, see: Pain Causing Dynamic

See: Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Deficiency

You have an acute Process of Inflammation in place.

See: How To Reduce Inflammation

See: Magnesium for Tendonitis

You may have compression of the nerve up at the front of the neck and front of chest/shoulder, but let's focus on nutrition and the lower arm itself for the moment. First things first.

Lower your pain levels. Ice Dip and nutrition.

Nov 13, 2013
Bilaterial CTR...still in severe pain after many months!!

My husband had CTR on right hand in Apr 2013 and left hand in Aug 2013. Both hands developed a huge scar tissue knot at the surgery site right after the surgery was complete .

He has been in therapy since april on right hand and aug on the left hand. The scar tissue is mostly gone on the right hand but he has intense shooting pains on the sides of his middle finger and the ring finger all the way up almost to the wrist when squeezing down and sometimes it happens without doing anything.

He also has a constant dull aching pain running all the way from the first knuckel of his thumb up to the base of his thumb up into his forearm. When he moves his thumb he get a shooting pain all the way up his thumb into forearm.

When he squeezes down he feels pain in his thumb,middle and ring fingers..-and all of his fingers pop and sounds really squishy.

The scar tissue on his left hand is still pretty bad and he is experencing the same symptoms as what his right hand is experencing.

He is scheduled to see a hand specialist in another town.

Just wondering if you have any ideas as to what could be causing him this pain still.

This was a work related injury so I wonder if it could be Repetitive Stress Injury Syndrome also.

Thank you,



Joshua Comments:


Most of my suggestions are in this thread. Also see this page: Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery

Having said that, some thoughts:

1. Some people just respond to cuts with big scar tissue build up. It sucks, but it seems to just work out that way, it's just how their body responds.

2. Technically he probably does have Repetitive Stress Injury Syndrome, but really all that means is he has a Pain Causing Dynamic (see link in previous responses). Which means he has a tendonitis mechanism consisting of progressively too tight muscle and connecteive tissue, inflammation, and nutritional lack.

3. My theory on why the surgeries didn't seem to fix anything? Because surgery can't correct a scenario of too tight muscle and connective tissue, inflammation, and nutritional lack. And now he has the trauma of surgery to deal with.

My The Carpal Tunnel Treatment That Works DVD (and the ebook that come with it) are effective pre AND post surgery, because the same factors need to get dealt with. Your husband still has all the negative factors in play that were there before surgery, plus the negative side effects of surgery.

He STILL needs to deal with those, and since surgery didn't seem to help a whole lot, the sooner he gets to doing that, the better.

Hopefully he's just having a tough time recovering from the surgery and his symptoms will reduce over time. But it's a long wait to find out that that's not going to happen, if that's the case.

More questions, more answers.

Apr 18, 2016
by: Anonymous

You really are rude Joshua!!


Joshua Comments:

I am?

How so?

May 22, 2018
RT wrist pain year later after surgery
by: Flight Attendant

Hello there!

Had CT Surgery first part of 2017 on both wrists. RT wrist hurts when I lift heavy things or try to do CPR on someone.

Doctor has commented a couple strange things about it such as: "well you don't have the tingle, numbness right so the CT surgery was a success." And "you probably got CTS from your Hashimoto's Disease." Also, "I bet your wrists still hurts because you probably sprained your wrist from the CPR you did in Jan."

First of all the CPR was from training and didn't last long and 2nd my RT wrist has been hurting way before that.

Just wondering why he seems so quick to believe the CT surgery he did on me had nothing to do with the pain I am feeling now. Any comments?

Please note this injury was do to an On The Job Event. OJI


Joshua Comments:

Well...since doctors don't seem to particularly understand the causes/mechanism of carpal tunnel syndrome, and since as surgeons they tend to beleive that surgery is the end all/be all of effective treatments, then surgery MUST be effective, and if you're still hurting/still having symptoms, it must be from some other cause.

And surgery couldn't make things worse, and it couldn't NOT work, right?

'You probably got CTS from your Hashimoto's disease...' doesn't even make sense. Until you put it in a context of the doctor having no idea what he's talking about.

And if your CTS symptoms were from hashimoto's, why did he do surgery in the first place?

Anyhoo. Mostly, you're just very rarely going to hear a surgeon say "Well, looks like my surgery on you didn't work." Or "...made things worse."

Admitting that gives fuel to liability lawsuits.

Aug 19, 2018
by: Anonymous

I had carpal tunnel in both hands and it was work related, surgery on both at the same time, now 2 years later went back to the surgeon on the right hand that I use the most didn't know I had life time medical cause the company failed to tell me, let me go 5 months after my surgery ,so workers comp called to settled with me but I told them I'm still having trouble with my hands so they sent me back to the surgeon which he said it is tendinitis so now worker comp not willing to pay out cause of the tendinitis and it was cause from cts and they said it's not.


Joshua Comments:

Unfortunately, they get to say. KInd of like when police departments get to investigate their own officer(s) for accusations of police brutality.

"We say the tendonitis isn't from the CTS, so we no longer have to pay anything."

This is a problem when their primary goal is to pay out as little as possible.

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