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A 33-year-old member asked:

How to tell the difference between tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Numbness and: Tingling is not typical of tendinitis but is of carpal tunnel.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Specializes in Hand Surgery
No : Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. Tendinitis is inflammation in a tendon is associated with pain, but not of the neurologic symptoms seen with ct.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between tendonitis and carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Big difference: Tendonitis refers to inflammation of a tendon or tendons, carpal tunnel is compression of the median nerve. Both can cause pain, and some of the treatments are similar (rest, immobilization, injections). Sometimes it is easy to distinguish between them sometimes not.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome? Can this be treated?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Maybe and yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to be caused by the tendons and nerves traveling through the wrist becoming inflamed, putting pressure on the median nerve, causing tingling and numbness in the fingers. This is treated by "releasing" the tendonous band through which this nerve travels. An orthopedist will do this with surgery. A skilled osteopathic can do this with osteopathic manipulation.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How are carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis different?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
See below:: In carpal t syndrome, the main nerve to the hand gets trapped against a thick ligament, causing pain, numbness in palm and fingers and these may even go up into the elbow or shoulder areas. Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons of any finger or the wrist, causing local pain, swelling & restriction of motion, but no numbness is associated with it.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Theresa Yang
Dr. Theresa Yanganswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Not exactly: Symptoms may overlap but they are different. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, most commonly in shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists. Symptoms include pain with movement, swelling, and tenderness. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in the wrist is compressed, and can cause pain radiating to the hand or shoulder, tingling, numbness, and weakness of the hand.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you get tendonitis from carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
not directly: Not directly, but the problem that causes carpal tunnel can also cause tendonitis.

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