Years ago, it was thought by patients that carpal tunnel was caused by typing too much. Studies have shown that this is not true. What most are suffering from is tendonitis in New Orleans, and it’s getting worse because of the tiny handheld computers that most of now have. As a result, the cases of thumb and wrist tendonitis are on the rise.
We understand the confusion that patients have when they self-diagnose themselves with carpal tunnel syndrome because it and wrist and thumb tendonitis have such similar symptoms.
What are the differences between carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis in New Orleans?
• This condition is caused by the median nerve when the wrist becomes compressed.
• It can cause wrist and wrist muscle pain.
• It can cause tingling and weakness of the fingers.
• It can cause pain and tightness in the forearm, hand, and wrist.
• Carpal tunnel can also cause numbness in the fingers and palm.
• It also can cause swelling, burning or an itching sensation.
• Pain typically starts slowly in one or both hands.
Tendonitis in New Orleans
• Tendonitis is caused by overuse.
• Tendonitis does have many of the same 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.
Both conditions have different levels of severity. Since tendonitis is on the rise and the most avoidable, we suggest these three simple tips to avoid it.
1. Talk to text whenever you can. It will help you cut down on the amount of time your thumbs are moving.
2. Put your phone away when you are not using it, so you are not tempted to pick it up when you don’t need to.
3. Do exercises that stretch your tendons that are affected. (Ask your doctor which ones are the safest for your condition.)
What should you do if you think you have tendonitis in New Orleans?
• First, we recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon so that it can be determined if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.
• While you are waiting for the appointment, we recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
• Depending on the severity of the condition, you may need corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, or in the severest cases, surgery.
The good news for those suffering from tendonitis is that it is not something that is usually permanent. With the proper treatment, it will subside, even if it does feel like it will last forever while you have it.
The quickest way to get relief though is to look through your day and see which repetitive motion you are doing and eliminate it until you have seen the doctor and put together a treatment plan.
If you would like more information – or need an appointment to see if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis in New Orleans – call our office today to schedule an appointment.