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Is it possible for carpal tunnel syndrome to mimic arthritis?
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Very different
These typically have differeing symptoms.
Carpal tunnel tends to cause numbness of the fingers whereas arthritis centers around joints.

In brief: Very different
These typically have differeing symptoms.
Carpal tunnel tends to cause numbness of the fingers whereas arthritis centers around joints.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Joseph Gregorace
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: CTS
Carpal tunnel syndrone (cts) is best diagnosed clinically and then confirmed by emg/ncs testing.
Cts does not mimic osteoarthritis findings on x-ray but the dull aching in the hand /wrist can be experienced by patients with cts and osteoarthritis alike. Sometimes an anti-epileptic drug or an antidepressant drug maybe helpful in treating the nerve pain (in cts).

In brief: CTS
Carpal tunnel syndrone (cts) is best diagnosed clinically and then confirmed by emg/ncs testing.
Cts does not mimic osteoarthritis findings on x-ray but the dull aching in the hand /wrist can be experienced by patients with cts and osteoarthritis alike. Sometimes an anti-epileptic drug or an antidepressant drug maybe helpful in treating the nerve pain (in cts).
Dr. Joseph Gregorace
Dr. Joseph Gregorace
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not typically
Severe rheumatoid arthritis associated with advanced tenosynovitis may contribute to carpal tunnel but they are very different with the former effecting the joints and the latter effecting the nerves.

In brief: Not typically
Severe rheumatoid arthritis associated with advanced tenosynovitis may contribute to carpal tunnel but they are very different with the former effecting the joints and the latter effecting the nerves.
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Symptoms can be similar, but there are many possible differences.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) symptoms tend to be bad at night and osteoarthritis less so, but this varies. Cts is more likely to cause pain traveling into the hand triggered by vibration or tapping the wrist or flexing wrists to 90 degrees. Your doctor may determine by exam what you have. Nerve conduction studies can be helpful, too.

In brief: Yes
Symptoms can be similar, but there are many possible differences.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) symptoms tend to be bad at night and osteoarthritis less so, but this varies. Cts is more likely to cause pain traveling into the hand triggered by vibration or tapping the wrist or flexing wrists to 90 degrees. Your doctor may determine by exam what you have. Nerve conduction studies can be helpful, too.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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