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What is the main difference between tendonitis and carpal tunnel?

What is the main difference between tendonitis and carpal tunnel?

Big difference: Tendonitis refers to inflammation of a tendon or tendons, carpal tunnel is compression of the median nerve. Both can cause pain, and some of the treatments are similar (rest, immobilization, injections). Sometimes it is easy to distinguish between them sometimes not. ...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


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

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

All are different: "bible cysts" refer to a mass or swelling on the top of the wrist which is a ganglion. It is usually round and non-tender. Tendinitis in the back of the hand or wrist is more diffuse and at times painful. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs with pressure on the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist with numbness, pain, and tingling. ...Read more

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How could you the difference between nerve damage, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel?

How could  you the difference between nerve damage, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel?

NCS: Both carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of nerve compression or damage can be detected by doing a nerve conduction study (ncs). Tendinitis is often diagnosed by history and physical examination alone. ...Read more

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What is tendonitis versus carpal tunnel?

What is tendonitis versus carpal tunnel?

Nerve vs. tendon: Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones in order to produce movement. Overuse or strain can lead to tendonitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve in the wrist leading to numbness and tingling in the fingers. Sometimes, people experience both tendonits and carpal tunnel syndrome at the same time. ...Read more

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Can you get tendonitis from carpal tunnel?

not directly: Not directly, but the problem that causes carpal tunnel can also cause tendonitis. ...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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How are carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis different?

Many: Carpal tunnel syndrome means that there are symptoms from the median nerve being compressed inside the carpal tunnel. Tendonitis means that there is swelling of tendons. There are tendons all over the body, not just in the carpal tunnel ...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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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Tendinitis (Definition)

Is the inflammation of a tendon, ...Read more