Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan is renowned surgeon in McKinney, TX providing treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. He specialize in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to help patients restore the functionality of the wrist.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A numbing or tingling sensation in the hand due to strain on the median nerve is termed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The median nerve runs along the forearm to the hand through a passage known as carpal tunnel and assists in controlling the movement of thumb and first three fingers. The carpal tunnel can get inflamed and become smaller due to a number of reasons thereby causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Causes Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Repetitive hand movements with the wrists bent down
  • A wrist fracture or dislocation that irritates the median nerve
  • Swelling and inflammation due to Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fluid retention during pregnancy
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Hypothyroidism and Diabetes
  • Working with vibrating tools for a prolonged period of time

Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Stinging and numbing feeling in the fingers
  • Weakness in the fingers
  • Improper grip in the affected hand
  • Weakness in the thumb’s pinching muscles

Diagnosis Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Physical examination may be conducted to test the sensation in the fingers and strength of the muscles in the hand
  • Pressure may be applied on the median nerve to check if symptoms arise
  • X-Rays may be conducted to rule out causes of wrist pain
  • Electrical activity of the muscles is tested to check for muscle damage. This is done using a process called Electromyogram
  • Nerve conduction study may also be done to see the movement of electrical impulses in the carpal tunnel.

Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Non-surgical procedures

  • The doctor may advise to avoid activities that can make the symptoms severe
  • Application of cold packs may be done to reduce inflammation
  • A splint may be used to hold the wrist while sleeping to reduce pain
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help in providing relief from pain
  • Corticosteroids may be injected in the carpal tunnel by the doctor to reduce inflammation

Surgical procedures

  • Endoscopic surgery and open surgery are the two available alternatives.
  • Endoscopic surgery is performed by inserting a tiny camera inside the carpal tunnel through small incisions in the hand or wrist.
  • Open surgery requires large incisions wherein the ligament is cut through to release the nerve.

For treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist disorders, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995.