A carpal tunnel injection delivers corticosteroid medicine into the carpel tunnel in the wrist.
Reasons for Procedure
The injection is done to ease pain and swelling in people with carpal tunnel syndrome. This is when the carpal tunnel is not wide enough and squeezes the median nerve that runs inside of it.
The injection may ease symptoms for three months or longer.
Problems are rare, all procedures have risk. Some problems may be:
- Injury to the carpal tunnel
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Talk to your doctor about the medicines, herbs, and supplements you take. Tell the doctor if you have any allergies.
A local anesthetic will be given. The area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
A needle will be filled with corticosteroid medicine. You will be asked to place your palm facing up. The inside of your wrist will be cleaned. The needle will be inserted into the carpal tunnel of the wrist. The medicine will be injected.
How Long Will It Take?
A few minutes
Will It Hurt?
You may feel discomfort when the needle goes in. Medicine may be given to manage any pain that happens after.
The injection site will be bandaged.
Do not do any difficult activities with your hand for the next 48 hours.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
- Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, more pain, bleeding, or any discharge from the injection site
- Pain that you cannot control with medicine
- New or worsening symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 09/2019 -
- Update Date: 09/23/2019 -