Carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating health complication that is often associated from repetitive trauma in the work place. If you suffer from this form of debilitating wrist pain, there is no doubt you are not only concerned about how you will continue to work, but also what you can do to effectively treat the wrist pain that has developed.
Because carpal tunnel syndrome is attributed to a swelling and inflammation in the wrist, resulting in compression of the nerves into the hands, the pain of the wrist can require a variety of treatment options. If your doctor has recommended a carpal tunnel steroid injection, it is important to understand what you can expect from this treatment and what other treatment options you may want to consider first – including the use of a carpal tunnel wrist brace.
While most workers’ compensation insurance companies, and private health insurance companies, will cover the cost of a carpal tunnel steroid injection, these types of treatments are consider secondary levels of care and not permitted initially. So, before undergoing a carpal tunnel steroid injection, your doctor may recommend the use of anti-inflammatory medications, oral steroid medications, and the use of a wrist brace. In addition, your doctor may also recommend that you stay off work or even take a modified duty position until your pain resolves.
If you are approved for using a carpal tunnel steroid injection, you can expect the injections will be done in a series of three, usually one to two weeks apart. The steroid injection will reduce inflammation and give the nerve the added biological components needed to help with regeneration. Unfortunately, if your steroid injections do not alleviate the pain in your wrists, surgery may be recommended to alleviate the compression in your nerve.
As with any type of repetitive trauma injury, it is important to consider options for treating your condition, including discontinuing the employment that may be causing your problem. If a carpal tunnel steroid injection is recommended, consider the option but certainly expect that surgery may be the only option for treatment should the injections be unsuccessful.
Sources: Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by Sharon J. Butler