Dr. Christopher D. Allmon is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The surgeon has extensive experience in providing hands-on treatment for various medical conditions related to the hand and wrist such as trauma, fractures and sports injuries.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common orthopedic condition caused due to the pinching or compression of the median nerve in the wrist. This nerve provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb, middle, index and the ring finger in the hand. It also stimulates the muscles in the forearm and assists them in grasping objects.  When the median nerve gets affected, it causes tingling, numbness and pain in the affected hand and fingers. At times, the pain can even radiate up to the forearm.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Family history of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Wrist injuries or fractures
  • Other medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Obesity, Hypothyroidism
  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Repetitive movements of the hand and wrist such as prolonged typing work

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Tingling sensation in the thumb, index and middle finger
  • Burning pain and tingling sensation in the affected hand
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty in handling even small objects
  • Dropping objects
  • Dry skin and swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin at the affected site
  • Decreased sensitivity to touch

Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The hand and wrist doctor may review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical examination to assess the symptoms. He may look for signs of numbness, tingling, decreased sensitivity and grasping ability of the hand. The orthopedic doctor may also recommend certain other tests such as X-rays, Nerve Conduction Study, Electromyogram etc. to rule out the presence of any underlying condition that may lead to similar symptoms.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include:

  • Immobilization: The orthopedic doctor may suggest complete immobilization of the wrist joint with the help of a splint to prevent any pressure on the nerves. Splints should be specifically worn at night to relieve disturbing symptoms.
  • Changes in lifestyle: Adjusting the way of performing certain activities, such as lifting objects, can also provide relief from the condition. Increasing rest period and taking breaks after frequent intervals can also be of great help.
  • Medications: Patients may also be prescribed certain anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid injections to reduce pain and swelling in the wrist. Injections can be helpful in cases of mild to moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Surgery: If the symptoms do not subside, even after providing conservative treatment, the orthopedic doctor might suggest the patient to undergo a surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon will cut the ligaments in the Carpal Tunnel (a passageway in the wrist) to relieve the pressure on the median nerve.

Prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Try to keep your wrists straight or wear a splint during sleep.
  • While working with tools, make sure you keep your wrists straight.
  • Avoid extending and flexing your wrists again and again.
  • Do regular stretching and conditioning exercises to strengthen the muscles in the hand and wrist.
  • Place your hands and wrists in a correct position while working, specifically when typing.
  • Working in an extremely cold environment can also cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Try to maintain an appropriate temperature at work or else wear fingerless gloves to keep your wrist and hand warm.

For more information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as its treatment options, consult Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist specialist in Carrollton, call at (972) 492 - 1334.