If you are seeking orthopedic treatment for Carpal Tunnel syndrome, or are suffering from hand or wrist pain and want to explore your treatment options, reach out to Dr. Victoria D. Knoll – a leading hand surgeon serving the residents of Frisco and Plano TX.
Dr. Knoll is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes exclusively in hand and wrist surgery. The hand surgeon uses advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive treatment methods for a range of hand and wrist problems. Her interests range from complex hand/wrist trauma, hand/wrist surgery, hand/wrist fractures to carpal tunnel surgery and sports injuries to the hand and wrist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The wrist doctor describes Carpal Tunnel syndrome (CTS) as a painful condition caused when the median nerve in the wrist (carpal tunnel) gets compressed. The compression can occur due to several reasons which can be joint dislocations, fractures, keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time etc. Since the median nerve is responsible for the movement of the thumb and fingers of the hand (it also controls sensations to the thumb and fingers), a person with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is likely to have a weaker grip and faces problems in performing daily activities involving the fingers.
With the surgical expertise of Dr. Knoll – patients in Frisco and Plano TX can have the best treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The hand surgeon provides comprehensive orthopedic treatment and helps patients to get relief from discomfort caused by the condition.
What are the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Dr. Knoll broadly classifies the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome into occupational and non-occupational factors. These have been discussed below:
Occupational factors of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Keeping the wrist bent for long periods of time
Repetitive hand motions
Awkward hand positions
According to the wrist doctor, carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in people whose job involves working with hands all day long. People working as cashiers, typists, carpenters, mechanics, knitters/sewers, bakers, hairdressers, musicians etc are at higher risk to get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Various hobbies like gardening and kayaking may also increase the risk of developing CTS.
Non-occupational factors of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
A number of non-occupational factors can lead to pressure on the median nerve which can result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Medical conditions like pregnancy, thyroid, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, gout can also be associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
The three main symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are:
These symptoms occur in the thumb and the two fingers next to it, but sometimes these may extend to the rest of the hand and even to the forearm.
What are the treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Depending on the severity of the condition, the hand surgeon may recommend the following treatment options:
Splints: You may be recommended to use wrist braces and splints, especially at night, to help immobilize/support your wrist.
Physiotherapy and exercises: You will be taught to do exercises to tone the muscles of the upper limb. This greatly helps in treating carpal tunnel syndrome and reducing the severity of the symptoms.
Steroid injections: Steroid injections help relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome temporarily by reducing swelling around the nerve.
Surgical release of the Carpal Tunnel: Surgery may be recommended by the hand surgeon if the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are severe. In this surgery, the Flexor Retinaculum (which forms the roof of the carpal tunnel) is divided to create more room for the median nerve.
Dr. Knoll also provides hand and wrist surgery for kids and adults. Some of the conditions that can result in surgery are:
Acquired conditions: These include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren’s Disease, Ganglions, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis etc.
Traumatic conditions: These include fractures & dislocations, soft tissue, tendon, joint and nerve injuries etc.
To make an appointment or request a consultation with the hand & wrist surgeon – Dr Knoll, call at (972) 985 - 1072 (Plano) and (214) 618 - 5502 (Frisco).