New member here!
I was hoping to spark a discussion about the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome beyond the obvious pain-related limitations. While being tested on my fretting hand for what would be ultimately diagnosed as “moderate to severe” CTS, I noted the testing technique involved sending electrical impulses through the arm and measuring the “delay” or “lag” in the responding muscle. It appeared that longer lags within an established threshold were being used to create the diagnosis.
So, I presume we are mostly aware of pain and numbness associated with the condition and how that can impede playing. But I was wondering if there is an inherent loss in dexterity when we are theoretically adjusting for a possibly variable lag in the responsiveness of critical motor actions associated with guitar. By “variable” I mean that there are certain times when CTS can be aggravated and the lag would theoretically be greater. So are we working with a nervous system that is inherently transmitting differently to the hand at any given time?
In other words, could getting the surgery done actually improve overall dexterity? Not looking for a miracle, here. Just wondering if the surgery might be justified on a basis beyond pain and numbness management, which are already quite under control.
Thanks for your input!