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How can you tell the difference between arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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

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

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 more

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Is there a difference between rsi and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is there a difference between rsi and carpal tunnel syndrome?

See below: Rsis are "injuries of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces), or sustained or awkward positions. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. ...Read more

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Difference between carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Difference between carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome?

Different areas: Wrist carpal tunnel- median nerve pinched. Thoracic outlet: first rib, clavicle and muscles tight on vein, artery and nerves both cause neuropathic symptoms:numbness, pain, weakness etc carpal does not usually have any blood vessel symptoms/ clots. ...Read more

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How can you the difference between nerve damage, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you the difference between nerve damage, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Distinct anatomy: First off, carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of damage to the median nerve at the wrist. It doesn't have to be permanent damage if treated properly, but can be if not. Tendonitis comes in many forms and locations and is usually readily identifiable on exam relative to the anatomy. ...Read more

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Hi docs. I need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome. What can you tell me?

Hi docs. I need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome. What can you tell me?

Carpal tunnel: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and posbily surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help. http://www.handsurgerypodcast.com/endscopic-carpal-tunnel-video.html. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some good carpal tunnel syndrome exercises for the morning after waking up?

Please tell me what are some good carpal tunnel syndrome exercises for the morning after waking up?

Stretching: There are many things you can do. Forced hyperextension of the wrist might help. Wear a cts splint at night to prevent you from curling the wrist (fetal position) while you sleep. Avoid excessive repetitive motions or unatural positions ( I use a mouse pad pillow support ). ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, would that person necessarily have to have surgery?

Could you tell me if someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, would that person necessarily have to have surgery?

Carpal tunnel: Since that can have many different degrees of severity for more mild cases surgery is often not need more severe cases surgery is often needed. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if i will be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome if i choose a career in computer science?

Carpal Tunnel Risk: You may be at a greater risk of delevoping carpal tunnel with any frequent, repetitive movement. Some people will go their whole working life with no symptoms of carpal tunnel. While others in less repetitive careers will develop the condition. I recommend an ergonomic evaluation of your work place to help decrease the risk of developing the condition. ...Read more

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

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more