Posted: April 4th, 2022
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The hand is acted upon by extrinsic muscles in the forearm, as well as in the hand itself (Saladin, 2022). These muscles are complex and there are numerous. Their names reflect their position on the body as well as their main function/purpose:
The Carpal Tunnel is a tight space between the flexor retinaculum and carpal bones. Prolonged, repetitive movements of the wrist and fingers can cause tissues in the carpal tunnel to become inflamed, swollen, or fibrotic. Since the Carpel tunnel cannot expand, swelling puts pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. This pressure causes tingling and muscular weakness in the palm and medial side of the hand and pain that may radiate to the arm and shoulder (Saladin, 2022, p. 339). Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to alleviate pain and often surgical procedures where the flexor retinaculum is divided by a longitudinal incision is required in order to bring relief. Those whose career fields involve making repetitive wrist motions (pianists, meat cutters, keyboard users etc.) are most at risk for this problem (Saladin, 2022).
After researching Carpal tunnel, I realized that this is something that can be treated easily and if caught early can be remedied. Unlike problems that have to do with your bones such as arthritis, the muscles are a little more forgiving in the sense that you can undo the damage to them with time and healing. Also, there are so many muscles in your body alone, but it is interesting to learn how all these muscles work together to allow your body certain functions. Such as the ones in your hands and forearm that allow you to type your responses, or grab a cup of coffee etc. On the other hand, this also led me to research “Muscular diseases”. We take for granted our bodies “simple” abilities, and there are so many problems that can take away our bodies ability to function properly. Injury, overuse, certain medicines, inflammation, diseases etc. can all lead to muscle problems that could potentially lead to weakness, pain, or even paralysis.
Forearm and hand muscles. (n.d.). Retrieved from Science Photo Library: https://www.sciencephoto.com/media/590194/view
Saladin, K. (2022). Anatomy & Physiology: The unity of form and function.
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