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What is tendonitis versus carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Ramsey Ellis
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Tendon / nerve

Tendinitis are inflamed tendons.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. You should know that there are 9 flexor tendons passing through the carpal tunnel as well as the nerve. If they are swollen or the synovial tissue around them becomes thick, that will cause pressure on the nerve, and hence tendinitis can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

In brief: Tendon / nerve

Tendinitis are inflamed tendons.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. You should know that there are 9 flexor tendons passing through the carpal tunnel as well as the nerve. If they are swollen or the synovial tissue around them becomes thick, that will cause pressure on the nerve, and hence tendinitis can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.
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