Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling sensations of the hand and fingers. The cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is pinching of one of the large nerves as it passes through the wrist joint. Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the type and duration of symptoms. Cortisone injections have long been used as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Some studies have shown the effects of cortisone injections for carpal tunnel syndrome are as good as surgery for the first several months after the injection. But do carpal tunnel shots really work?
- The shot brings a little short-term pain relief, according to one new study.
- Almost 75 percent end up in surgery within a year of that shot, according to the study.
- The new study used up to 80 mg of methylprednisolone, a far more powerful steroid with far more serious potential for side effects
- But studies have shown as little as 25 mg of cortisol will do the trick for most.
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