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Carpal Tunnel

handpicThe carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bone at the base of the hand. It’s most notable known for being extremely sensitive to overuse.

Yes, sometimes it can be a real pain.

That’s because it houses the median nerve and tendons. The median nerve runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand. It controls impulses to muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. Inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the tunnel at the wrist can cause pressure on the median nerve resulting in pain, weakness or numbness.

Extreme cases result in irreparable nerve damage.

In musicians, the initial inflammation is often caused by poor technique and extensive practice sessions. Injury can be prevented by implementing instrument-specific stretches and exercises and adequate pacing of practice time.

If you experience any discomfort when playing, talk to your teacher. And, if a few days of rest, ice and NSAIDS don’t resolve it, it’s time to see your doctor.

 

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