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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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?

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 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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How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to tell if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, parathesias and weakness in the median nerve distribution are the hallmarks of the disorder. This causes numbness in the thumb, index finger, long finger and half the ring finger. The symptoms will often times wake people at night, and patients usually complain of loss of dexterity. See a hand surgeon foe definitive diagnosis and nerve conduction tests if indicated. ...Read more

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Could anyone tell me about carpal tunnel syndrome?

Could anyone tell me about carpal tunnel syndrome?

VIDEO carpal tunnel: Here is a video I made a few years back
sorry for the bear but it is good information

http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=lwghddhvm60;list=plcbd41f7a42e20469;index=4;feature=plpp_video. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I tell whether I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

History, exam, tests: While the diagnosis of carpal tunnel can often be made on the basis of a careful history and examination, electrical testing can be used to prove the diagnosis. This is important to rule out other diagnoses (e.g. Pinched nerve in the neck) that may be causing your symptoms. A neurologist can help guide diagnosis and treatment, . ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have early carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pain: Pain tingling, numbness, thumb index and middle fingers, unable to perform simple repeat moments like typing, conduction studies are need to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the remedy for hand numbness due to carpal tunnel syndrome?

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

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How long does carpal tunnel syndrome usually last?

How long does carpal tunnel syndrome usually last?

It varies: Carpal tunnel syndrome can be successfully treated with splint immobilization. When symptoms are severe, surgical decompression is recommended. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel syndrome cause other medical problems?

Can carpal tunnel syndrome cause other medical problems?

Yes: Compression of the nerve to the hand causes atrophy of the hand muscles. This leads to weakness, poor performance by the hand and chronic pain. Chronic pain leads to medication overuse, depression and decrease motivation. ...Read more

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Is there an easy and fast way to take care of cubital/carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is there an easy and fast way to take care of cubital/carpal tunnel syndrome?

Get a diagnosis: First see a specialist to discover what you have, then seek out the cause. Hopefully, the casue is correctable without the need for surgery. ...Read more

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Does carpal tunnel syndrome mean I can't use the computer?

No: Carpal tunnel syndrome results from repetive stress injury involving the wrist. This can be a result of common work-related activities such as typing at a computer. Often these symptoms can be relieved by the use of ergonomic keyboards, changing the positioning of the keyboard relative to the work environment and using alternative input devices to interface with a computer. ...Read more

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When do I need to go the doctors with possible carpal tunnel syndrome?

When do I need to go the doctors with possible carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel: This is all dependent on how you feel. There are multiple treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, an unpredictable neurologic condition. Night splints, activity modification and injections are all conservative options, though surgical intervention may eventually be needed. An emg/nerve conduction study can help determine the severity of your cts. ...Read more

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What can I do if my patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, which body parts are affected?

What can I do if my patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, which body parts are affected?

Hand or hands: Carpal tunnel is due to compression of median nerve at wrist inside a tunnel roofed by transverse carpal ligament. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and weakness, and pts can be awakened at night from sleep. ...Read more

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Please help me! Is it possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome from carrying a baby for months now?

Please help me! Is it possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome from carrying a baby for months now?

Carpal tunnel: The median nerve that runs through the carpal tunnel suffers when subjected to abnormal pressures. One source of pressure can be swelling of tissues, including tendon linings in the carpal tunnel, during pregnancy. Good news: after delivery, symptoms typically resolve. The third trimester is the worst, and ordinarily a safer time to inject the wrist if needed to provide short term relief. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) I am loosing sleep due to the pain help?

What do you suggest if I have carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) I am loosing sleep due to the pain help?

See a Hand Surgeon: Treatment protocol for carpal tunnel syndrome is first to confirm diagnosis by emg/nct. This can be performed by a neurologist or a rehab specialist. Once diagnosis is confirmed then patients start with prescription nsaids, wrist braces, sometimes steroid injection into the carpal tunnel and lastly surgical release. Majority of patients benefit from this treatment protocol. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

It helps: A carpal tunnel splint is a conservative treatment for carpal tunnel aimed at decreasing the pressure and constriction on the median nerve by keeping your wrist in a neutral position while you sleep. It typically won't cure the problem but will alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many treatments: Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by avoidance of the repetitive motion, improved work station ergonomics, rest, use of a wrist splint, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and surgery. ...Read more

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How to bandage my wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to bandage my wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Night splint: Use a wrist splint while sleeping that keeps your wrist in the straight position. During the day a compression sleeve or glove might help. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can acupuncture help ease my carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Acupuncture is worth a try! Carpal tunnel symptoms may be due to inflammation, but what your doctor may not tell you is that carpal tunnel symptoms may also be due to other issues such as b vitamin deficiencies or low thyroid function (regardless of normal thyroid levels). Make sure you have these investigated before binding yourself with wrist splints or having surgery! ...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


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