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hand pain & carpal tunnel
Carpal Tunnel Scar
When patients undergo carpal tunnel release surgery, they will always have a scar on their hand. That little (or big) reminder is technically a “carpal tunnel release surgery scar”. However, most patients simply call it a “carpal tunnel scar”. Whatever the term, it can be a concern due to scarring both above and below the skin. One issue many patients with a hand scar ask about is purely cosmetic. They want to know what it will look like, and how it will change their hand’s appearance. These are quite legitimate concerns.
The 4 main problems with a carpal tunnel scar
Doctors use open release surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. Generally they need to relieve severe carpal tunnel symptoms like hand or finger pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. All patients who have the surgery will have a hand car. Indeed, some are small and some are big.
Bear in mind that the scar you see on your skin is just one scar. That is, there is another, larger one below your skin as well. In fact, the scar deep in your wrist tissues is much larger. Hence, there are 4 main issues about the carpal tunnel scar you must consider. These are:
- Pain and tenderness
- Diminished hand function
- Cosmetic scar
- Financial scar
Pain and tenderness
Tenderness of the scar and paresthesia (abnormal sensation on the skin) are common after carpal tunnel surgery. As the scar tissue forms in the 2-5 weeks after surgery, you may have flare-ups of your symptoms. Much of this is a result of post-surgical adhesions under the skin.
Generally, the feelings are sudden and brief. They feel like electricity running through your hand and into your fingers. In fact, you almost always feel it when grasping something. This is different from the relatively normal “pillar pain” you might feel. That is, pain or tenderness adjacent to the actual carpal tunnel scar.
Diminished hand function
The carpal tunnel scar is a surface reminder of the surgical trauma below the skin. Cutting the transverse ligament requires cutting and displacing many more tissues inside your wrist. Consequently, it often creates problems with your hand’s function. Indeed, there is almost always a direct link between surgery for carpal tunnel & losing grip strength.
Surgery causes loss of structure in the carpal tunnel. As a result, hand function may be diminished right after surgery or weeks or months later. That’s because of the scarring below the skin. When this happens, tissues bind together. For this reason, wrist and hand movements are often restricted.
Furthermore, as the scar tissue progresses around the flexor tendons, they too bind up. That prevents them from smoothly gliding past each other inside the carpal tunnel. Consequently, pain and loss of mobility or range of motion follows. As a matter of fact, sometimes patients need a second surgery to remove the built-up scar tissue deep inside. Hence the name “revision carpal tunnel surgery”.
The cosmetic carpal tunnel scar
Many people feel the need to apologize for their carpal tunnel scar. This highlights the importance of how we feel about our personal appearance. In fact, a recent survey of patients considering hand surgery said after pain, the scar was their biggest concern. Indeed, for many, physical appearance is important to their self-esteem. For now, we won’t discuss whether or not this is healthy; just that it’s fact. For such patients who believe their hands are their calling cards, having a carpal tunnel scar is an important choice.
I can certainly understand that an ugly scar affects everybody differently. Therefore, don’t be ashamed to admit it. If that’s a main reason to shy away from surgery, so be it! Besides, you have other non-surgical choices that work just as well as surgery. And none leave a scar!
The financial carpal tunnel scar
The fact is, more than half of patients who have carpal tunnel surgery are not satisfied with their results within 2 years. Moreover, the National Institutes of Health says half of doctors don’t follow practice guidelines when it comes to carpal tunnel surgery. Hence, it means they don’t bother recommending non-surgical options first. Instead, they perform surgery on their patients from the get-go.
Furthermore, most people who have carpal tunnel release surgery actually never needed it. Instead, they could have used reliable, non-surgical therapies which work just as effectively.
Now think about the rush to surgery and what it entails for you. For example, you have surgery’s high costs, lost job time, post-surgical pain, emotional toll, carpal tunnel recovery, possible complications, extensive rehabilitation – and an ugly carpal tunnel scar! Thus, it’s clear why so many people are not satisfied with their surgery.
A carpal tunnel scar is not just a surface reminder of your operation. There is a lot of scar tissue below the skin, inside your wrist joint as well. In fact, that scar is far more extensive than the one on your skin. Moreover, it’s a primary cause of complications as well as emotional and financial issues.
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.