Used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is a carpal tunnel injection?
A carpal tunnel injection involves injecting corticosteroid medications (eg, prednisone) directly into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist. This procedure is designed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the median nerve—running from the forearm into the hand—is squeezed at the wrist. This results in pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, and pain which may radiate up the arm.
Carpal tunnel injections are used to relieve inflammation, which treats mild or intermittent symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
What should I do to prepare for the procedure?
No specific preparation is required by the patient prior to the procedure.
What can I expect to happen during the procedure?
Your doctor will fill a needle with corticosteroid medication. With your palm facing upward, your doctor will aim the needle toward the tip of your middle finger, insert the needle into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist, and inject the medication. Your doctor will then bandage the injection site.
What exactly is injected?
A type of steroid called depo-medrol combined with marcaine (a local anesthetic agent).
Depo-medrol is a type of a steroid known as a corticosteroid. These compounds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. They can be injected into localized areas of inflammation to decrease pain and swelling.