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What Does It Feel Like After Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

Carpal tunnel surgery addresses the underlying cause of carpal tunnel symptoms by cutting the transverse carpal ligament to create more space within the carpal tunnel. The procedure allows the median nerve to function without being compressed by the surrounding tissue, thus improving symptoms and restoring normal hand function. Are you wondering how long it will take you to return to work after having surgery? Patients who undergo an endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedure could be looking for up to one month for recovery. While endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery offers an alternative to the traditional open carpal tunnel release procedure, [...]

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Common Exercises Assigned Prior to Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause discomfort and limit your daily activities. If you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several exercises you can try out to help restore normal hand movement and optimize the health of your hand and wrist. Performing hand and wrist exercises periodically can help reduce pressure within the carpal tunnel. In this article, we will explore some exercises often performed by patients of the Ovation Hand Institute prior to carpal tunnel surgery. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms Too much pressing or squeezing of the median nerve in the wrist area is what causes carpal tunnel syndrome. [...]

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Should I Get a Carpal Tunnel Brace?

A carpal tunnel brace is a useful tool when it comes to reducing pain and managing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist braces for carpal tunnel are often the first option when treating carpal tunnel syndrome because the brace keeps the wrist straight and takes the pressure off the affected nerve. At Ovation Hand Institute, we are committed to providing relief to patients living with carpal tunnel syndrome; with clinics located in Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee and Green Bay Wisconsin. Read on to learn what carpal tunnel syndrome is, how a carpal tunnel brace can benefit you, and what treatment [...]

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What to Expect After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

  Have you recently had carpal tunnel surgery, or are you considering it in the near future? Knowing what to expect after the procedure is important to ensure a smooth recovery. At Ovation Hand Institute, we understand the concerns and uncertainties that come with carpal tunnel surgery and are here to guide you through the post-operative process. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling. When conservative treatments fail to provide relief, carpal tunnel surgery may be recommended. While the surgery is a proven and effective solution, understanding what to [...]

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Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief: Heat or Ice?

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the quality of life of millions of Americans. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by pain, discomfort, and numbness in the hand, which is brought on by the compression of the median nerve as it runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. Finding relief from carpal tunnel syndrome is crucial to living a comfortable life. When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome pain relief, heat and ice are the most commonly used temporary relief methods. Are you wondering whether heat or ice carpal tunnel syndrome pain relief is best for your needs? Read on to [...]

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Can Carpal Tunnel Cause Shoulder Pain?

Updated: June 12, 2023 Many people wonder if carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causes shoulder pain. While the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can radiate up the arm, the short answer is that CTS does not directly affect the shoulder. Carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder problems are two distinct conditions, and it is possible to have one without the other. CTS mainly affects the hand and wrist, however, if you are experiencing shoulder problems that could be related. It is essential to consult a professional for a proper diagnosis. The team at Ovation Hand Institute has specialized experience caring for patients. [...]