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What you need to know about carpal tunnel release surgery

If you type or make other repetitive motions at your job, you should pay close attention to your hand and wrist health. After all, according to the Mayo Clinic, repetitive hand and wrist movements can increase your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you have the ailment, you might experience numbness, pain and even loss of motion in your hands and fingers. Because pressure on the main nerve in your wrist causes CTS, doctors may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery. Here are some things you should know about the procedure.

It is usually successful

Modern technology has improved the effectiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery, so if you have the procedure, you can expect to receive positive results. In fact, the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey says the surgery has more than a 90% success rate.

You will need physical therapy

You should not expect immediate results, though. Indeed, after the procedure, you might have some pain. Doctors also are likely to order you to rest your hand and wrist. Eventually, though, you probably will need physical therapy to restore movement.

You can return to work

Due to the invasiveness of carpal tunnel release surgery, you undoubtedly will have to miss work. If you listen to your doctors and complete physical therapy, however, you probably can return to your job after a few weeks.

Ultimately, by pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, you can focus on your recovery rather than worrying about not being able to support yourself and your family members.