Carpal Tunnel Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand and arm may be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Orthopedic surgeon Cori Grantham, MD, provides conservative and surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.

Carpal Tunnel Q&A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of hand and arm pain that often involves numbness and tingling. These symptoms are the result of pressure on the median nerve, which is one of the major nerves in your hand.

The median nerve travels through a narrow passageway in your wrist, called the carpal tunnel. When surrounding tissues become inflamed, they can squeeze the median nerve and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Without treatment, permanent nerve damage may occur.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually affect the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers, but not the pinky. Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain that may feel like a burning sensation or an electric shock
  • Pain or tingling that travels up the arm toward the shoulder
  • Weakness and clumsiness in the hand that may cause you to drop things

Most of the time, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms begin without a specific injury, and then worsen over time. Holding your wrist in a bent position for a long time may aggravate symptoms. Shaking your hands and wrists may temporarily alleviate the pain.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

First, Dr. Grantham reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. She carefully examines your wrist and hand, checking for numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.

She may also take tests, such as a nerve conduction study or X-ray. A nerve conduction study or electromyogram (EMG) checks for nerve or muscle damage. These tests help Dr. Grantham to confirm a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan.

What does treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome entail?

Dr. Grantham always begins with the most conservative approach to treatment possible. Depending on your specific needs, carpal tunnel syndrome treatment may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Bracing or splinting the wrist
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen

If your symptoms are severe or don’t resolve with conservative treatment, Dr. Grantham may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery.

Don’t delay in seeking treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome —  call Orthopedic Specialists or book an appointment online today.