What is the fastest way to recover from carpal tunnel surgery?
- Rest when you feel tired.
- Try to walk each day.
- For up to 2 weeks after surgery, avoid lifting things heavier than 0.5 to 1 kilogram and using your hand.
- You may do heavier tasks about 4 weeks after surgery.
- You may shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery, if your doctor okays it.
How long does stiffness last after carpal tunnel surgery?
“Most patients note dramatic and immediate improvements in their symptoms, but it frequently takes about three months after surgery before their grip strength returns. Patience may have difficulty opening doors and jars of food up to three months after surgery,” says Dr. Verheyden.
Should I massage my hand after carpal tunnel surgery?
Once the stitches have been removed and your scar has healed you can start massaging the area to reduce any tightness and thickening. Use an un-perfumed cream and rub in a circular motion over the scar. It is the massage of the underlying scar tissue which reduces the scaring not the cream itself.