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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Trigger points and Carpal Tunnel

Trigger points in many muscles can cause symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. The scalene muscles are at the top of this list. (Scalene Trigger Point Diagram)

The scalene muscles can cause a lot of problems for their size. The three scalenes (sometimes 4) are located in your neck. They run between your top ribs and your spine. The nerves of the arm, the brachial plexus, run between your scalenes, under the clavicle and down your arm. When the scalenes become tight they can pinch the brachial plexus in two ways. First, the nerves can be pinched between the scalenes. The nerves can also be pinched between the first rib and the clavicle when the scalenes become tight. When pinched, pain, numbness, tingling and swelling are likely to occur. If trigger points in the scalenes are released, these problems can often be solved.

Although the scalenes are the number one culprit the nerves of the arm can also be compressed in other places by other muscles such as the serratus posterior, teres minor, pectoralis major, triceps, coracobrachialis, brachialis, supinator, pronator teres, as well as some flexors and extensors of the wrist.

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