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