Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Specialist

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD -  - Neurologist

Neurocare of Texas

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD

Neurologist located in Frisco, TX & Greenville, TX

If you notice numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands and wrists, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This common condition has many causes, but there are just as many treatment options available for you at NeuroCare of Texas in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Ahmad Ata is a passionate neurologist and neurophysiology specialist trained to identify and correct carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re tired of discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome, call Dr. Ata or schedule your consultation now.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Q & A

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. One of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, carpal tunnel syndrome can progress if you don’t seek proper evaluation and treatment.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by:

  • Numbness in the arm or hand
  • Weakness in the arm or hand
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Tingling in the arm or hand
  • Difficulty with small movements of the hand and fingers, like typing

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression or squeezing of the median nerve, located in the center of the arm extending from the neck to the hand. The median nerve can be compressed in several places throughout the elbow, forearm, and wrist.

The carpal tunnel in the wrist, which allows passage of the median nerve from the forearm to the hand, can also shrink in size due to joint problems like arthritis.

Long-term compression and irritation to the area causes swelling and may even lead to permanent nerve damage if left untreated.

What are risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome?

A variety of factors predispose you to carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Anatomical differences that change the shape and space of the carpal tunnel
  • Repetitive hand usage
  • Hand and wrist movement involving extreme flexion or extension
  • Pregnancy
  • Other health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid disorders

How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

At NeuroCare of Texas, Dr. Ata performs a thorough assessment and examination to identify your symptoms, locate your pain, and test the surrounding muscles, joints, and nerves.

Advanced testing involves nerve conduction tests and electromyograms (EMG), which examine nerve function. Imaging studies include ultrasound, X-rays, and MRI scans.

All tests and imaging are performed on-site at NeuroCare of Texas to save you time and money.

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated based on the cause, duration, and severity of the symptoms.

Non-surgical options include:

  • Bracing or splinting
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Nerve gliding exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Activity changes

If conservative treatment is unsuccessful, you will work with Dr. Ata to determine if surgical treatment is warranted.

If your symptoms sound like carpal tunnel syndrome or you want a second opinion, call Dr. Ata or schedule a consultation online now.