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Carpal Tunnel Vs Tennis Elbow
Any: There is no definitive data to suggest one steroid medication works any better than another. I prefer to use celestone (betamethasone) and when we run out if that I use dexamethasone. Neither is typically used for epidural injections and I have heard no reports of contamination of these products. ...Read more
I have repetitive stress wrist pain (backside) that my PT says is not carpal tunnel- could this be related to my tennis elbow (or vice versa)?
Yes: Yes u can and it is not uncommon.Cts is compression of the median nerve@ the wrist.Lateral epicondylitis(tennis elbow)is tendinitis of the wrist/finger extensor muscles@the elbow.(pathologically it is degeneration of the extensor carpi rad.Brevis..Ecrb tendon).They can occur simultaneously and often do.See your ors for evaluation.Good luck! ...Read more
Very much so: They r hard 2 diagnose @ times as the symptoms r very similar in location. The physical examination can usually separate 1 from the other. Often emg/ncs r needed to help distinguish 1 from the other, especially if care is not sought early. ...Read more
Tendon vs. nerve: Tennis elbow is a tendon problem on the outside of the elbow. Cubital tunnel is inflammation, compression and/or injury to the ulnar nerve at/near the elbow in an area called the cubital tunnel. Tennis elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow, esp. With gripping and grabbing. Cubital tunnel gives you pain, burning and numbness involving the medial elbow, down the to ring and pinkie fingers. ...Read more
Had tennis elbow and cubital tunnel surgery this morning about 9a with nerve block, my arm is just as numb as when i left center, should i be concern?
Can fat atrophy in elbow as a side effect of cortisone inj cause of following:tennis elbow/radial tunnel syndrome/pinched nerve/muscle ligament/other?
No. The Steroid shot: May ameliorate the symptoms of these conditions, but i don't believe atrophy would be causing any such conditions. ...Read more
Pain in right arm going to elbow. I write a lot and is it carpal tunnel or something else. I have to wear a wrap on it everyday.
Could be: Carpal tunnel or something else. It's best to have these things diagnosed and treated early before they cause lasting damage. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel in both wrists two years ago. It doesn't hurt constantly but in flair ups. But when it does elbow and shoulder hurt?
Carpal tunnel: This is not typical but possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
Often elbow pain: Accompanies carpal tunnel, either referred nerve pain shoots up to the elbow or at times altered mechanics leads to a reactive epicondylitis or joint pain. Many times nce the carpal tunnel is treated the elbow pain goes away but at times it represents a distinctive problem that needs treatment too. But as far as is it ok, yes it is. ...Read more
No: Carpal tunnel pain is usually an electrical shock or shooting pain in the hand from movement in the wrist. One of the tests is to tap on the wrist to elicit the pain. Elbow pain may be from a tendonitis or bursitis, for example. Wrist pain can be from several causes too including strain. However, one does not get elbow pain with carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more
Had carpal release surgery. BUT now my pinky up to my elbow is extremely painful. Did carpal tunnel surgery not help? Why am I still in pain?
Cubital tunnel: Numbness in the pinky and ring fingers indicates a nerve compression higher up in the arm most likely from the elbow. Carpal tunnel surgery addresses the nerve that gives sensation to the thumb index and middle fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome causes compression to the ulnar nerve at the elbow and can lead to numbness and pain in the pinky. Am examination and nerve tests are needed to confirm ...Read more
My wife had carpal tunnel release operation 10 years ago, on Monday this week she injured the same elbow again, what is the correct procedure ?
Alot of aching pain radiating from elbow to wrist and up my thumb. I type all day. Carpal tunnel?
I had carpal tunnel surg 2 months, and my hand, elbow, and arm are swollen and painful. What else can be wrong?
Had open carpal tunnel surgery on my left wrist in 09/2014. As of late I have been having inner elbow pain and middle finger only pain. Any ideas?
Hand surgeon: These symptoms could be due to a recurrence of some carpal tunnel problem. Your hand surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
How bad is my carpal tunnel if when my hand goes to sleep i get an itchy spot on my palm right below my first and middle fingers & hurts in my elbow?
If weakness = bad: Carpal tunnel syndrome can display a number of different symptoms including the ones you have described. It is "bad" in a prognostic sense if the symptoms include weakness of the muscles to the fingers and thumb of the affected hand. The more and longer you have weakness of the hand the less likely surgery is able to relieve the weakness. Pain is pain if frequent and worsening you do the math ;). ...Read more
Can ulnar nerve pain cause bicep and tricep pain? Also have pain on both sides of elbow/wrist. Carpal tunnel was released on same arm 4 months ago.
May not be ulnar: The ulnar nerve can cause pain through out its distribution in your arm, but your pain does not fit only ulnar pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is related to your median nerve. To have both median nerve and ulnar nerve issues, you most likely have an issue upstream of those nerves not specifically with the median or ulnar, either brachial plexus issue or cervical radiculopathy. Emg should be done. ...Read more
I was diagnoised with left elbow tendonitis with degenerative joint disease. Can this cause carpal tunnel in my wrist?
It depends.: It depends on whether your elbow tendonitis is related to you degenerative joint disease, or to tendonitis at the wrist or hand. The muscles and tendons used by the wrist and hand begin at the elbow attachments sites. If the inflammation extends into the wrists, especially along the palmar aspect, then you may have symptoms of tendonitis at the radial elbow and carpal tunnel as well. ...Read more
I have pain in hands esp. right hand - in thumb & middle finger. My thumb used to bend towards palm area of hand even when I am not working. Pain in elbow & in upper part of spine. Starting of my pain is from carpal tunnel area & now pain reaches to bicep
Yes: If you have carpal tunnel, you generally should try to avoid activities that tend to make it worse. The steady grip of holding a racquet can make carpal tunnel symptoms worse, but not always. Try icing your wrist down after you play to minimize swelling. ...Read more
My friend had carpal tunnel and has stopped playing tennis, because she thinks the best thing to do is rest it. Are there other things she can do?
Could badminton, or similar exercises like tennis/racquetball help with wrist pain or carpal tunnel?
Yes: Should not be a problem.Get a more detailed answer ›
Diagnosed with carpel tunnel and tendonitis. Last 6 months, pain in left elbow, increased weakness and waking at night with pain and numbing. Normal?
I have Carpel tunnel and tendinitis in my arm and right now my hand is swollen and the area by my elbow is hurting badly ?
CTS: You need to see an Orthopedic specialist soon. ...Read more