View Full Version : Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

03-05-2003, 11:06 AM
On Monday next week I'll go and see a doctor to get the diagnosis finally confirmed.

Eric V->

You said in another thread, that as a guitar player you should forget about surgery? Why? Will a surgery prevent me from ever play again, unless I would be satisfied with a special A11/E ??? Very bad guitar joke.. :D Hope you got it!

03-05-2003, 11:28 AM
I got it :)

I didnīt say "forget about surgery". I said make sure you let the doctor know youīre a guitarist.
A friend of mine had some problems with his hands, and he went to a doctor. The doctor said "Oh, thisīll be easy to fix, itīs a very small surgery".
My friend mentioned that he was a guitar player and the doc said "OH, in THAT case, we might wanna try something else first, cuz there is a risk to the little surgery then..."
So they tried a certain therapy based on some drugs and a break from playing and it worked.

Sometimes, surgery is necessary ( Frank Gambale had to go through it a while ago, cause he had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ), but always make sure the doc knows youīre a player...

03-08-2003, 08:37 AM
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

03-12-2003, 01:36 PM
Saw my doctor few days ago. There was no doubt that it's CTS and he immediately referred me to a specialist in hand surgery. If you go with CTS for years the thumb muscle can atrophy he explained - simply wither away and that's irreversible!

Paularve-> Very simplified: The nerve to the hand is pinched in the tunnel it runs through. The ligament in the wrist is sliced up to give the nerve room again.

03-12-2003, 07:47 PM
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation, after being aggravated. The narrowed tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist pinches the nerves that reach the fingers and the muscles at the base of the thumb. The first symptoms usually appear at night. Symptoms range from a burning, tingling numbness in the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers, to difficulty gripping or making a fist, to dropping things. Some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are due to work-related cumulative trauma of the wrist. Diseases or conditions that predispose to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome include pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity.