Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Tendonitis?

Carpal Tunnel results from nerve compression, while tendonitis is the result of inflammation: With Carpal Tunnel: Pain is located on the palm side of the wrist. Tingling and numbness may then spread to the wrist, thumb, or fingers (mainly the thumb, index finger and middle finger) 

How do I know if I have carpal tunnel or tendonitis?

Tendonitis is from overuse. Tendonitis does have many of the above symptoms that carpal tunnel syndrome has except itching and pain starting gradually. Unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, the pain from tendonitis will be tender directly over the affected tendon.

Is carpal tunnel a form of tendonitis?

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Unlike tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) does not affect the tendons. Instead, CTS occurs when the median nerve that runs through your wrist is pinched. This compressed nerve causes numbness or tingling in your thumb, index finger, middle finger, hand, and wrist.

Is carpal tunnel tendonitis or arthritis?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause weakness, tingling, or numbness in the hand. Arthritis can also cause pain and make it difficult to grasp things, but for completely different reasons. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by nerve compression and arthritis is caused by inflammation and damage to the joint.

How is carpal tendonitis treated?

Management and Treatment

  1. Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce pain and inflammation.
  2. Physical or occupational therapy: Therapists can help you regain strength, mobility and range of motion in your wrist and fingers.
  3. Rest: The most important treatment for wrist tendinitis is usually rest.

Is tendonitis permanent?

When properly treated, most tendinitis conditions don’t result in permanent joint damage or disability.

How do you test for tendonitis in the wrist?

The doctor supports the forearm while the patient is asked to make a fist and bend the wrist backward. Simultaneously, the doctor gently pushes the little finger side of the fist toward the thumb side to provide resistance. > If wrist pain is felt when resistance is applied it indicates a tendon is inflamed.

How do I check myself for carpal tunnel?

Phalen’s sign test

You hold your arms out in front of you and then flex your wrists, letting your hands hang down for about 60 seconds. If you feel tingling, numbness, or pain in the fingers within 60 seconds, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.

How can I test for carpal tunnel?

Your provider may ask you questions and conduct one or more of the following tests to determine whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome:

  1. History of symptoms. Your provider will review the pattern of the symptoms.
  2. Physical examination.
  3. X-ray.
  4. Ultrasound.
  5. Electromyography.
  6. Nerve conduction study.

What are the early warning signs of carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually start gradually and include:

  • Tingling or numbness. You may notice tingling and numbness in the fingers or hand. Usually the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are affected, but not the little finger.
  • Weakness. You may experience weakness in the hand and drop objects.