Sports Touch Article Musicians Nightmare: "A diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any repetitive strain injury of the arm and hand muscles is a musicians worst nightmare. No musician wants to think that their career may be over or limited. Without them, one can not hear or feel the rhythmic sounds and vibrations of a drum, strumming a guitar, touching the keys of a piano, playing the flute or hold the bow on the strings of a violin. The Hands are the most important instruments a musician has.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the entrapment and compression of the medium nerve due to the over-use and over-strain of the muscles of the neck, shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist and hand. The median nerve, the nerve that goes through the carpal tunnel, originates in the neck, descends down through the shoulder joint, through the elbow joint and through the wrist joint (carpal tunnel) and ends in the hand. It is the constant repetitive use of the muscles that will cause a misalignment of the bones that in turn reduces the functional integrity of the nerves, causing a loss of muscle strength. I also must preface that other nerves, the ulnar and radial nerves eventually become involved. It is the total movement of the upper body and extremity that affects the wrist and hand."
- constant repetitive use of muscles that can cause misalignment of the bones
- over-use and over-strain of the muscles of the neck, shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist and hand