In today’s last muscle of the day we are continuing our week on nerves and nerve entrapments. As we said in other posts this week nerves can get stuck or glued to surrounding muscles in 156 different places in the body. That is a lot of places for problems to occur!
When you have a nerve entrapment it may present like the following symptoms:
Up today we have a really common site for a nerve entrapment in the neck, that spot is in what is called the scalene muscles. These muscles are small and sit right up against the side bones in the neck.
When nerves leave the spinal cord and make their way out through the rest of the body they start by piercing their way through the scalene.
Essentially all of the upper limbs are controlled by the upper nerves in the neck and any problem down the arm and into the hand can actually be caused by an entrapment of the nerve higher up in the neck.
In many instances of carpal tunnel, elbow pain or numbness down the hand the problem actually originated up top.
Unfortunately many doctors, especially surgeons forget their basic anatomy and continue to look at the site of the problem or pain as the root cause.
Too many nerve releases, nerve relocations or even nerve removals happen everyday because nobody took the time to accurately assess the patient from a biomechanics standpoint.
As I have said in other posts there is too much of the following in musculoskeletal care:
1. Too much focusing solely on the symptoms and symptom relief.
2. Not enough focusing on the symptoms at all and completely disregarding them.
There needs to be a good mix of both to actually fully interpret and address the problem.
So if you have numbness, tingling, burning in the hand, or have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel with a poor outcome it might be time to get to a specialist who can accurately diagnose and fix your problem.