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Can shoulder injury cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can shoulder injury cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Rarely: You could get carpal tunnel syndrome if your shoulder injury caused bad enough swelling. The swelling travels down the arm to the hand and that's what causes carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Just wondering if it could be carpal tunnel syndrome, although in neck and shoulder I'm thinking probably not, right?

Just wondering if it could be carpal tunnel syndrome, although in neck and shoulder I'm thinking probably not, right?

Where is pain: if you can try to re post your question as its not clear. I am assuming that you have neck and shoulder pain and are wondering if it could be carpal tunnel. It is possible for a pinched nerve to cause pain in the arm down to the hand but usually carpal tunnel does not cause neck pain. if you see a neurologist they can do a nerve study test to confirm diagnosis and start occupational therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have carpal tunnel. What i want to know is can it go up your shoulder too?

What to do if I have carpal tunnel. What i want to know is can it go up your shoulder too?

Carpal Tunnel: Yes. While the pain and numbness/tingling is focused on the hand, one can have "radiation" of the pain towards the neck. Part of what may be going on in some situations is that people with carpal tunnel also have other problems including neck, shoulder and elbow. These may be part of an over riding repetitive stress issue and should be addressed comprehensively. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have carpal tunnel in your shoulder blade and arm?

Is it possible for you to have carpal tunnel in your shoulder blade and arm?

Not normal: Carpal tunnel is median nerve compression at the wrist causing numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, long, and half the ring finger. You can also develop lack of coordination and decreased strength of the thenar muscles it does not effect the shoulder blade or upper arm. ...Read more

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Can a problem with a shoulder lead to carpal tunnel-like symptoms in the hand?

Yes: The nerve that gets pinched in your wrist is the median nerve causing carpal tunnel syndrome. This nerve originates from the cervial spinal cord, passes through the shoulder area and into the arm and forearm. If there is irritation or swelling in the shoulder area it can irritate the nerve causing cts. An EMG always helps diagnose where the nerve problem is. ...Read more

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Pre op emg showed carpal tunnel but was done over a year ago I have had problems with neck and shoulder before and have osteoarthritis?

Pre op emg showed carpal tunnel but was done over a year ago I have had problems with neck and shoulder before and have osteoarthritis?

Testing needed: Not sure what your question is but it would be advisable to have a repeat nerve study and possibly an MRI of your cervical spine if the neck pain has persisted. ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel in my wrist. I'm feeling this throbbing pain that shoots up from my arm to my shoulder. What should I do?

I have carpal tunnel in my wrist. I'm feeling this throbbing pain that shoots up from my arm to my shoulder. What should I do?

Not carpal tunnel: Shooting pain in the upper arm and shoulder cannot be attributed to carpal tunnel syndrome which is due to median nerve entrapment in the wrist. The median n supplies the thumb, pointer, middle, and half of the 4th finger. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel type of symptoms stopped with less typing. Then deadline, and cramping in middle of hand and ache up deltoid to shoulder. Related?

Carpal tunnel type of symptoms stopped with less typing. Then deadline, and cramping in middle of hand and ache up deltoid to shoulder. Related?

Look at posture: When one experiences pain in body part, compensatory activities may place stress on associated joints, muscles, and nerves. Of course it is possible you could have an entirely different problem known as a "double crush" syndrome in which a shoulder or neck problem is also to blame. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more