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How Can You Tell The Difference Between Arthritis And Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Night time pain?: Many carpal tunnel patients have pain and night and have to "shake out their hand". This is not typically seen in arthritis. Cts patients may have numbness in thumb, ring finger and middle finger. Finally, by wearing a wrist splint at night, cts patients could get improvements. A simple nerve stimulation examination test (nerve conduction study) at the neurologist can prove the cts diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Making the Diagnosis: The symptoms of these conditions are normally different. They may feel differently, and they may affect different parts of the body. Often nerve conduction testing can separate these three diagnoses. It is the test used most often to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome and neuropathy. It is not capable of finding tendonitis. This is normally a clinical diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All are different: "bible cysts" refer to a mass or swelling on the top of the wrist which is a ganglion. It is usually round and non-tender. Tendinitis in the back of the hand or wrist is more diffuse and at times painful. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs with pressure on the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist with numbness, pain, and tingling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Ehlers-danlos syndrome causes hyper mobility. There are many other reasons and causes of hypermobility. Hyper mobility simply refers to an increased amount of motion in a joint from any cause. ...Read more
Cubital tunnel: Typically refers to compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. "cubital" refers to the elbow. Ulnar tunnel usually means compression of the ulnar nerve ( some nerve diff location) in the ulnar tunnel or guyon's canal which is at the wrist. Symptoms can overlap as it is the same nerve but the findings are slightly different. As what is affecte43d is below the compression or towards the hand. ...Read more
By CRP and x-rays!: Few vitamin deficiencies cause joint pain. It is possible. You must first demostrate a vitamin deficiency, before thsi diagnosis is on the table. But the test for CRP (inflammation), and x-rays (joint degenerative disease) are also necessary. Jonit pain has many explanations. Vitamin deficiency is low on the list. ...Read more
Carpal tunnel synd: Carpal tunnel syndrome can be the result of tenosynovitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve is compressed by pressure builds up in the carpal canal at the wrist. The median nerve is surrounded by nine flexor tendons to the fingers. The flexor tendons and the sheath that surrounds them (tenosynovium) can become inflamed leading to a tenosynovitis. This builds pressure within the carpal canal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are a few:: 1: wrist brace to keep the wrist from being flexed/extended. Initially used at night time. 2: steroid shots might be helpful, if the brace doesn't fully control symptoms, or in pregnancy, if severe. 3: when nothing helps ; the symptoms are severe enough to interfere in daily activities, then surgery is necessary to release the trapped nerve. See your orthopod for it. Good luck. ...Read more
X-ray: They may co-exist but by definition a stress fracture will typically be confirmed by some imaging technique, usually plain x-ray but possibly MRI or bone scan. The diagnosis can be made but not confirmed in the absence of positive imaging if the history is right and no other diagnoses fit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
rotator cuff: Best to be evaluated by an orthopedist, and likely imaged with mri. However, generally a rotator cuff tear will hurt in the shoulder and have weakness and pain with shoulder range of motion. Pinched nerve (usually in the neck) causes pain more in the shoulder blade area and radiates down the arm with associated numbness, tingling, or burning. ...Read more
NSAIDs: Carpal tunnel syndromoe is inflammation of the median nerve as it passes through the front of your wrist. Typically its caused by over use, so the mainstay of treatment is rest, avoiding activity that aggravates it, use of a night splint, and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). If it continues to bother you then carpal tunnel release to decompress the nerve may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examination: Physical examination by a qualified ors should be able to tell whether your pain is si joint related or due to piraformis syndrome .Si joint pain typically causes pain w/ pressure on the si joint and / or pain w/ faber maneuver. Piraformis pain is common in runners and commonly causes buttock pain and occasional sciatica ( pain down leg) from muscle pressure on the nerve.. Best of luck! ...Read more
Ra v oa. Hands: oa affects distal joints more commonly and the base of the thin while ra affects the large knuckles and the distal ulna initially. It's more complex than this but this is a good starting point. Oa tends to have prominent Binet joints while ra. Boggy inflamed joints or tendons ...Read more
Carpal Tunnel?: I assume you mean carpal tunnel syndrome. The diagnosis is made based on history of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, long finger, as well as 1/2 of the ring finger associated with pain. Their reproduction by phalan's test and tinnel's sign(check for images on the web). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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