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Hand FAQ


I received a steroid injection for my carpal tunnel syndrome. At first, the pain was gone but now it's slowly coming back. Is that normal or have I re-injured my hand?


Steroid injections into the carpal tunnel area are common in treating the disorder. The steroids are used to reduce inflammation so the nerve isn't irritated within the carpal tunnel, which passes through your wrist. Studies have shown that the steroid injection can be very helpful for some patients, but in others, the pain relief doesn't last. The pain in your hand may be due to that, but the only one who will be able to tell you if it's a return of your carpal tunnel syndrome or a new injury is your own doctor. Brent Graham, MD. Nonsurgical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In The Journal of Hand Surgery. March 2009. Vol. 34. No. 3. Pp. 531-534.

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