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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

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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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?

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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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?

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?

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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Is it true that it's rare for a 16 year old to have carpal tunnel or tendonitis?

Is it true that it's rare for a 16 year old to have carpal tunnel or tendonitis?

Yes: Tendonitis can happen in any age group, and is usually the result of overuse or repetitive use of the hand. Carpal tunnel is rare in a 16 year old, but can occur. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel before my wrist I have a little pain when I move it certain ways I do lefting at my place of work can it be carpal or tendonitis?

Possibly: Pain in the wrist has many different possibilities from carpal tunnel to tendinitis to ligament injuries and arthritis.

The hallmark of carpal tunnel is numbness and tingling in addition to pain. Without this numbness and pain I would be evaluated by a medical professional to investigate the other possibilities. ...Read more

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What are some methods for carpal tunnel, tendonitis and trigger finger pain management?

What are some methods for carpal tunnel, tendonitis and trigger finger pain management?

Pain Management: Physical therapy, wrist splints, tens unit, carpal tunnel injections, topical creams, anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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I was diagnoised with left elbow tendonitis with degenerative joint disease. Can this cause carpal tunnel in my wrist?

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

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What are typical symptoms of carpal tunnel symptom or tendinitis?

Tingling, pan: Carpal tunnel syndrome is due to pressure on the nerve at the wrist. It causes tingling and/or numbness in the index and middle fingers, sometimes weakness of grip. Tendonitis at the wrist mainly causes pain. ...Read more

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I have wrist pain that sometimes spreads to my hands. Could this be carpal tunnel or tendinitis?

I have wrist pain that sometimes spreads to my hands. Could this be carpal tunnel or tendinitis?

It can be Either: The pain in wrist radiating to hands can be due to tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
wrist and hands have more tendons than any other part of the body, it can cause pain, swelling and painfull movements at wrist
carpal tunnel can cuasr pain in wrist and hand and numbness and tingling in first three fingers and pain will spread to hand and wrist. ...Read more

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Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Prob Just Bilateral: Often carpal tunnel syndrome is bilateral, so it isn't that surgery on one side causes or leads to the same problem on the opposite side. I assume electrical studies were done and should confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with carpel tunnel and tendonitis. Last 6 months, pain in left elbow, increased weakness and waking at night with pain and numbing. Normal?

Diagnosed with carpel tunnel and tendonitis. Last 6 months, pain in left elbow, increased weakness and waking at night with pain and numbing. Normal?

Worsening: Carpal Tunnel disease gets worse with time if you do not take care of the joint and what you have described might be signs of worsening disease that might need further measures like injections or medicine or even surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Tendinitis (Definition)

The inflammation of a tendon, ...Read more