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My mother just had surgery last year for her carpal tunnel syndrome and she says it's back. Is this possible?


Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is not always a cure. Surgery should be done together with the patient modifying the activity that may have triggered the carpal tunnel syndrome to begin with. If your mother went back to that activity, it's entirely possible that the tendon has, once again, become irritated and inflamed. Jung Hwan Lee, MD, et al. Effectiveness of Steroid Injection in Treating Patients With Moderate and Severe Degree of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Measured by Clinical and Electrodioagnostic Assessment. In The Clinical Journal of Pain. February 2009. Vol. 25. No. 2. Pp. 111 to 115.

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