Arm and hand pain: Pectoralis minor entrapment

Arm pain, Backpacks, Chest pain, Hand pain, Nerve entrapment, Shoulder pain, Stretches, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

Entrapment by the pectoralis minor muscle can block blood and nerve flow to the arms causing pain, tingling, numbness (dysesthesia) and unusual sensations (parasthesias). The pectoralis minor’s very strong tendon overlies the brachial plexus of nerves and the axillary artery that make up the neurovascular bundle that serves the arm. When the muscle is tight […]

May 21, 2010

Arm and hand pain: Carpal tunnel syndrome

Arm pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Hand pain, Repetitive strain, Repetitive strain injury (RSI), Self-treatment tips, Thumb pain, Wrist pain

Of all the arm and hand pain conditions and syndromes that can be treated, carpal tunnel syndrome is the one that is most often misdiagnosed and the one for which unnecessary surgeries are most often performed. See other conditions and causes in the post on Arm and hand pain: A Checklist of Causes. I was […]

April 2, 2010

Knee pain: Tips for therapists

Knee pain, Muscle information

When knee pain is of muscular origin, the quadriceps, hamstrings, popliteus and gastroc muscles are the most common causes. If treatment of those muscles doesn’t relieve pain, therapists might think about these tips for solving the pain puzzle: Pes anserinus, short adductors, ITB/TFL, a Baker’s cyst, or chondromalacia. Remember this odd name from your therapy […]

July 1, 2009