Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause symptoms such as pain, tingling and numbness in your hand due to the compression of the median nerve that runs inside the wrist. To reduce the swelling of tissue, which is responsible for putting pressure on the nerve, steroid injections are often administered into the area. Carpal tunnel injections are effective for diminishing pressure and alleviating the subsequent symptoms that result from it.
If you are unable to manage your symptoms through non-invasive means and your carpal tunnel pain is beginning to interfere with your day-to-day life, getting a steroid injection may be the right course of treatment for you. While injections of any kind can sometimes be unsettling, understanding what to expect from the process and exploring the alternatives can help you decide if carpal tunnel injections are the best solution for relieving your carpal tunnel symptoms.
Our bodies produce natural steroids through the adrenal glands. In turn, these hormones help us manage the effects of inflammation such as swelling. Man-made steroids that are used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome are called corticosteroids and can either be administered by a tablet or injection. For most cases, injections have proven to be more effective at resolving the painful symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
If the thought of an injection makes you feel a little apprehensive, you’re not alone. Fortunately, knowing more about what to expect from the injection process can help ease your anxieties:
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be treated by other non-surgical techniques.
After the procedure, most carpal tunnel patients find relief from their symptoms in less than a month. However, the beneficial effects of a steroid injection may only last up to two and a half months. If you have persistent symptoms, the next step might be to consider surgery to avoid tendon or nerve damage that could potentially occur after repeated injection procedures.
If you are considering carpal tunnel injections as a treatment option, contact Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic today. Call us at (601) 366-1011 to make an appointment for a consultation. We’ll help you find the most appropriate solution to meet your needs.