Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - A Secondary Impact
byon 07-05-2012 at 01:44 AM (186 Views)
"What is agreed upon is the reality that the flexor tendons and median nerve are operating in a significantly smaller space than they were prior to the onset of signs and symptoms. Several specialists state that it is the swelling of the involved tissues that is diminishing the spa...
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome to develop? Despite the fact that there are a lot of expert opinions out there regarding the subject, most do not offer an accurate description of how carpal tunnel syndrome truly occurs.
What is agreed upon is the fact that the flexor tendons and median nerve are operating in a much smaller space than they were prior to the onset of symptoms. Many specialists state that it is the swelling of the involved tissues that is diminishing the space and others say that is caused by a muscle imbalance in between the flexor and extensor muscles that is causing the carpal bones to shift into the carpal tunnel, making the carpal tunnel much smaller.
Following much research, my opinion is that the swelling is a secondary effect of the nine flexor tendons and median nerve getting to glide through the carpal tunnel which has decreased in size due to a muscle imbalance*.
How does the carpal tunnel decrease in size? The carpal tunnel decreases in size since the flexor muscles that close the hands are exercised on a day-to-day basis with virtually every activity we perform, and they become stronger, shorter and tighter than the extensor muscles that open the hands, thus causing the carpal bones to shift inward, collapsing the carpal tunnel and making it smaller. As the tendons and median nerve slide back and forth in the significantly smaller space, friction amongst the tissues happens.
What does friction in the carpal tunnel lead to? Friction between flexor tendons and median nerve within the carpal tunnel causes inflammation and swelling, which puts pressure on the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the reason that surgeons sever the carpal ligament, producing much more room for the flexor tendons and median nerve to move around in. If the carpal tunnel is returned back to its original size, prior to the onset of signs and symptoms, the friction and swelling is eliminated and the symptoms disappear.
Continually performing repetitive wrist and finger flexion although symptoms are already present will ultimately aggravate the existing condition even a lot more and lead to possible irreversible damage of the flexor tendons, blood vessels and median nerve inside the carpal tunnel.
How can the carpal tunnel syndrome be eliminated? By stretching and lengthening the overly restrictive flexor muscles that close the hands and strengthening and shortening the extensor muscles that open the hands, the carpal tunnel can return to its regular size, decreasing impingement of the tendons and median nerve, which also eliminates friction and causes the carpal tunnel signs and symptoms to disappear.
Now is the time to take the steps to prevent and/or eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome by beginning a stretch / workout plan for your hands. Speak with your doctor or make contact with a certified therapist these days to implement a good stretch and exercise program to keep you sturdy, healthy and injury-cost-free! jerseyrehab.com"