Externally applied forces to the palm increase carpal tunnel pressure

Tyson K. Cobb, Kai Nan An, William P. Cooney

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Abstract

Change in carpal tunnel pressures that result from externally applied forces to the palm of the hand were assessed in five cadaveric specimens. MIKRO-TIP transducers were percutaneously placed into the carpal tunnel at the level of the hook of the hamate. A 1 kg force was applied to the palm of the hand in 16 separate locations. Significant elevations in carpal tunnel pressure were observed for external forces applied over the flexor retinaculum (103 mm Hg) and also for the hypothenar (37 mm Hg) and thenar (75 mm Hg) aeeas adjacent to the distal aspect of the carpal tunnel. These data demonstrate that the application of external forces on the palm of cadaver hands increases carpal tunnel pressure and the magnitude of the pressure change in the carpal tunnel depends on the location of the applied force.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1995

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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