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How are carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis different?

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Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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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

In brief: 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
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
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Dr. Randy Hauck
Patients often have both because the tendinitis causes swelling and if they are in the carpal tunnel it can be a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery
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In carpal t syndrome, the main nerve to the hand gets trapped against a thick ligament, causing pain, numbness in palm and fingers and these may even go up into the elbow or shoulder areas.
Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons of any finger or the wrist, causing local pain, swelling & restriction of motion, but no numbness is associated with it.

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In carpal t syndrome, the main nerve to the hand gets trapped against a thick ligament, causing pain, numbness in palm and fingers and these may even go up into the elbow or shoulder areas.
Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons of any finger or the wrist, causing local pain, swelling & restriction of motion, but no numbness is associated with it.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: See below

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist.
Tendonitis is a inflammation of a tendon, often related to overuse.

In brief: See below

Carpal Tunnel syndrome is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist.
Tendonitis is a inflammation of a tendon, often related to overuse.
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