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Is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) considered a "work-related" injury

Is carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) considered a "work-related" injury

Possibly: Cts can also result from trauma to the wrist (fall, crush injury). Not all state work comp rules recognize cts as a work related issue, particularly, if it is attributed to "overuse, " such as typing, keyboard, etc. Generally, if there is a chance that it might be accepted, you can expect a thorough investigation in to your life, to make sure that there is no other possible cause. ...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


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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 is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is involved in the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel: Treatment for carpal tunnel can range from conservative to surgical. Antiinflammatory medication, splints to start. Injections in the wrist. Nerve studies and at times surgery. Carpal tunnel release can be done open or endoscopic. A hand surgeon can help but the questions to ask are is there potential damage if i wait and can conservative treament work ., . ...Read more

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Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

Hormone changes: Hormone changes in pregnancy affect the fluid volume in hands & feet and can cause swelling, which can unmask or cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Interestingly, hormone changes during menopause are also a culprit! i personally experienced carpal tunnel with my pregnancy-- treated with a splint, then injection. Having carpal tunnel during pregnancy may increase your risk of recurrence later in life. ...Read more

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What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pinch nerve: it is a repetitive stress syndrome which causes the nerve inside the carpal tunnel called the median nerve to be compressed. Symptoms include numbness , tingling, pain that shoots up to the elbow and neck and worse at night ...Read more

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Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome? Can this be treated?

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?  Can this be treated?

Maybe and yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to be caused by the tendons and nerves traveling through the wrist becoming inflamed, putting pressure on the median nerve, causing tingling and numbness in the fingers. This is treated by "releasing" the tendonous band through which this nerve travels. An orthopedist will do this with surgery. A skilled osteopathic can do this with osteopathic manipulation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for carpal tunnel syndrome to mimic arthritis?

Is it possible for carpal tunnel syndrome to mimic arthritis?

Very different: These typically have differeing symptoms. Carpal tunnel tends to cause numbness of the fingers whereas arthritis centers around joints. ...Read more

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Is tarsal tunnel syndrome considered a medical disability?

Is tarsal tunnel syndrome considered a medical disability?

It is a condition: Most cases of tarsal tunnel can be treated with medical and surgical options. Lots of podiatrists and orthopedic foot & ankle surgeons can adequately deal with this condition. Sometimes, permanent complications such as pain and numbness might result. If severe enough, these symptoms might prove disabling. Talk with a podiatrist or orthopedist in regards to this. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is there a surgery to fix carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Yes, there is surgery that can be done called carpal tunnel release surgery. However, it is usually reserved until after more conservative measures have failed. If you are interested in surgery, you would need to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the details. ...Read more

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What is involved with a carpal tunnel release?

What is involved with a carpal tunnel release?

Release the ligament: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where there is increased pressure within the carpal tunnel and it compresses the median nerve. The surgical treatment involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament. This decreases the pressure within the tunnel and allows a return of function to the nerve, the surgery can be performed using an open or minimally invasive technique ...Read more

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Is trigger finger in the thumb a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Is trigger finger in the thumb  a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Not usually: It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release. Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome from carrying a baby?

Is it possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome from carrying a baby?

Yes: Women often get carpal tunnel syndrome(cts) during the peri-natal period, likely due to increased fluid within the carpal tunnel. This compresses the median nerve. This improves once your fluids normalize. Oral and/or injectable steroids, neutral wrist splint and therapy can be helpful. If not, an open or endoscopic carpal tunnel release(ctr) will eliminate your symptoms permantely. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Is it actually possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Different nerves: Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the medial ( inside) of the elbow, where we say the "funny bone" is. It causes numbness in the small finger and part of the ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist and causes numbness in the thumb , index and long fingers. Both syndromes can cause weakness of grip. ...Read more

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Is surgery the answer for carpal tunnel syndrome ?

It can be: When the pain, numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) can not be relieved with oral/injectable steroids, therapy and/or night splints, surgery is the only option. Open, mini-open and endoscopic techniques are available for treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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What is cubital tunnel syndrome caused by being on the computer about 7 hours a day could that cause cubital tunnel syndrome ?

What is cubital tunnel syndrome caused by being on the computer about 7 hours a day could that cause cubital tunnel syndrome ?

Here : Here is a copy of my answer to another user with the same question: contrary to popular belief, most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are "idiopathic, " that is, we don't know the cause. Cubital tunnel syndrome is similar. It is compression of the ulnar nerve at the inside of the elbow. Similar to the carpal tunnel, there is a bony base--the medial epicondyle of the humerus--and a ligamentous roof--osborne's ligament. Why nerves get compressed is still a mystery. However, there are certain things to avoid once you have cubital tunnel syndrome. A tightly flexed elbow, such as when talking on a small cell phone or doing hair and make up, stretches the nerve around the bone. Leaning on the elbows can pinch the nerve more and make symptoms worse. At night, avoid sleeping with the elbows bent or resting on the inner elbow. Some people have a known cause, such as an old fracture that causes the medial elbow to be longer and therefore stretch the nerve (cubitus valgus). Some people have ulnar nerves that jump out of the groove (subluxate). Others have had a direct impact that injured the nerve. Most people don't need surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome. It tends to respond well to physical therapy with nerve glides--exercises designed to move the nerve through its tunnel. However, if there is constant numbness or you develop weakness, the nerve may need to be released or moved to a location where it is less likely to be compressed. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome common in Young adults? I'm 19 and experiencing pain in the veins of my hands at night

Is carpal tunnel syndrome common in Young adults? I'm 19 and experiencing pain in the veins of my hands at night

Not terribly: No, carpal tunnel syndrome is not terribly common in young adults, but it is not unheard of either. Patients will usually have numbness into the 1-3 fingers in the hand. Pain in "your veins at night" is not real classic for it either. Consider seeing a hand specialist to discuss likely cause. Be cautious of jumping into getting a nerve test as there can be many incidental false positives. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between carpal tunnel syndrome and raynauds?

Is there a connection between carpal tunnel syndrome and raynauds?

Probably not: Raynaud's is a condition in which arteries of the hand spontaneously and intermittently narrow due to spasm of the muscles lining the arterial wall. It can be due to underlying disease, such as lupus or scleroderma, but can also occur without one. Stress and cold temperature can cause symptoms. Although numbness and pain can occur, as in carpal tunnel syndrome, a connection hasn't been established. ...Read more

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Wrist pain -- arthritis more common or carpal tunnel more common in the average 35y male?

Wrist pain -- arthritis more common or carpal tunnel more common in the average 35y male?

Niether: Although not impossible, both carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis are uncommon in men your age. Carpal tunnel syndrome mainly affects the sensation in the thumb, index, long and ring fingers, causing numbness and pain. Rarely does it affect the wrist. Arthritis can cause wrist pain, but typically affects older people. Most likely you have a sprain or tendinitis. See an orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...Read more

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