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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the symptoms of repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Pain and numbness: Carpal tunnel syndrome is often part of a broader problem that involves overuse and/or misuse of the entire arm from the fingertips to the neck. People tend to focus often on computer and keyboard use but it is more of a comprehensive problem that can involve hobbies, sports, cleaning, cooking, shopping, driving etc.. Cts symptoms are nerve related while repetitive strain tendons, ligaments as well.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Carpal Tunnel: Carpal tunnel is typically manifested by numbness and/or tingling in the thumb, index, long, and half of the ring finger. Although aching may be reported, numbness and pins/needles are more common. It can be reproduced by holding your wrist in the bent forward position for well over a minute or may be considered if you can elicit tingling with forcible tapping over the underside of the wrist.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Over and over again: Repetative strain injury is caused by frequently repeated movements with the body in an abnormal position, the most common problem areas being the back, shoulders, wrists, and hands. These may involve heavy activity like sports or rapid activities like typing or video games. It may involve muscles tendons joints or nerve compressions (like carpal tunnel) se an occupational medicine clinic.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are signs of rsi (repetitive strain injury) or carpal tunnel syndrome?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Variable: Variable but usually includes swelling and pain. numbness occurs in the thumb, long ,index and half the ring finger if it includes carpal tunnel syndrome. Often see strength and endurance loss. Pain or numbness awaking the patient at night is often seen. Repetitive use and vibratory tool use will worsen symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Different areas: Cts is a median nerve compression at the wrist associated with repetitive flexion/extension of the wrist. However, trigger fingers can be due to wear and tear, and de Quervain's tenosynovitis can afflict the dorsum of the thumb into the wrist. All can be cumulative trauma disorders.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury the same?

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Dr. Mark Deitch
Hand Surgery 31 years experience
No!: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a constellation of symptoms (pain, numbness, weakness) associated with compression of the median nerve at the level of the wrist. Repetitive strain injury is an inclusive diagnosis to describe injury to musculoskeletal tissues due to repeated motions over extended periods of time (e.g., assembly line work or excessive gaming). Rsi can lead to cts, but most cts is not rsi.

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