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Carpal Tunnel Injection
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Carpal Tunnel Injection Overview

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A carpal tunnel injection is a corticosteroid injection into the carpel tunnel area of the wrist.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Your doctor may ask you what medicines you take and if you have any allergies to medicines.


You will be given an injection of local anesthetic to numb the area.

Description of the Procedure

Your doctor will fill a needle with corticosteroid medicine. This medicine calms inflammation. Your palm will be facing upward. The inside of your wrist will be cleaned. The needle will be inserted into the carpal tunnel area of the wrist, and the medicine will be injected.

How Long Will It Take?

A few minutes

Will It Hurt?

You may feel some pain after the anesthetic wears off.

Post-procedure Care

Your doctor will bandage the injection site. You and your doctor will discuss what to expect in the coming days.

If recommended by your doctor:

  • Apply ice or a cold pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes each time. Do not apply ice directly to your skin. First, wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel, then place it on your skin.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medicine.

Follow your doctor's instructions .



American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


The Arthritis Society of Canada

College of Family Physicians of Canada


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Joint and soft tissue injections. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: . Accessed February 28, 2007.



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