Did you know women are three times more likely then men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome? The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel and when compressed it can result in specific symptoms. An early diagnosis and treatment are important when experiencing carpal tunnel as symptoms often continue to worsen. Also, long term compression or irritation of the median nerve can lead to permanent nerve damage if left untreated.
At NeuroCare of Texas in Frisco, Texas, Ahmad Saeed Ata, M.D. is board certified in neurology and neurophysiology (the study of nerve cells as they receive and transmit information). He has over twenty years experience diagnosing and treating carpal tunnel syndrome. This expertise allows Dr. Ata to utilize numerous in office diagnostic modalities including:
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand becomes compressed in the carpal tunnel space of the wrist. The median nerve provides feeling to all your fingers (except the little finger) and controls some muscles at the base of the thumb. When this nerve entrapment occurs it results in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and forearm. CTS is a common musculoskeletal complaint affecting five to ten million Americans each year. The good news is the majority of CTS can be treated without surgery.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically start gradually. Patients often report they feel like their fingers are useless. As symptoms progress patients typically experience tingling and weakness of the hand that may make it difficult to grasp objects or make small movements.
Living with numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands and wrists can lead to significant discomfort and potential irreversible nerve damage. These symptoms typically affect quality of life and leave patients searching for answers. In Dr. Ata’s twenty years of experience he has successfully helped thousands of patients overcome carpal tunnel syndrome. To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome or obtain the neurological care you need call us at 214-618-0808 or request an appointment with Dr. Ata through our website.