Neural strain

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Neural strain from biomechanical stress can cause profound metabolic changes in the affected tissue due to alterations in the morphology of the cell membrane and decreased blood flow[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] causing hypoxia. Injury can result from tensile, compressive, or shear stress or as a combination of stresses.[1] Metabolic changes include a shift to anaerobic metabolism, resulting in increased lactate dehydrogenase[8] and reduced ATP production,[9] and changes in electrolyte balance, including an increase in intracellular calcium in a dose-dependent manner.[10][11][8]

Tension[edit | edit source]

In animal models, stretching or tension of nerves results in substantially reduced blood flow.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][12] Tension impairs nerve regeneration.[13]

Tethered cord syndrome[edit | edit source]

Tethered cord syndrome, a condition where tissue attachments limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column, is associated with impaired glucose metabolism in spinal cord tissue,[14] changes in the reduction/oxidation ratio of cytochrome oxidase.[15] and reduced ATP production.[9] People with tethered cord syndrome have reduced blood flow to the spinal cord.[16]

A study of energy cost of walking in adolescents with tethered cord, as measured by oxygen uptake (VO2), found that “energy cost per metre during walking at preferred speed and physical strain were higher than in peers without disability.”[17]

“Traction on the caudal cord results in decreased blood flow causing metabolic derangements that culminate in motor, sensory, and urinary neurological deficits. The untethering operation restores blood flow and reverses the clinical picture in most symptomatic cases.”[18]

In a study of five children undergoing surgery for tethered cord syndrome group, spinal cord blood flow prior to untethering was a mean of 12.6 ml/min per 100 g of tissue. It increased in all cases after release to a mean of 29.4 ml/min per 100 g of tissue.[19]

Compression[edit | edit source]

Compression of nerves can result in low blood flow;[20] changes in microcirculation and ischemia;[21] changes in vascular permeability, edema,[22] axonal damage; and has been associated with demyelination.[1][23][24][25]

Prologned compression can result in inflammation and activation of endoneurial fibroblasts, mast cells, and macrophages.[26]

Compression of lower cranial nerves can cause problems speaking, a chronic cough, "dysphoric breathing", and problems swallowing.[27]

Diagnoses[edit | edit source]

Diagnoses associated with tension, compressive and shear stress:

ME/CFS[edit | edit source]


In a study of neuromuscular strain in ME/CFS, 60 people with ME/CFS and 20 healthy controls randomly were assigned to undergo a neuromuscular strain maneuver (“straight leg test”) or sham maneuver. Those with ME/CFS in the strain condition group had significantly increased symptoms for up to 24 hours.[28]

Mast cell activation syndrome[edit | edit source]


Mast cells are distributed throughout the nervous system, including in the dura, and are known to degranulate when nervous tissue is stretched.[29][30]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.11.21.3 Boyd, Benjamin S.; Topp, Kimberly S. (Jan 1, 2006). "Structure and Biomechanics of Peripheral Nerves: Nerve Responses to Physical Stresses and Implications for Physical Therapist Practice". Physical Therapy. 86 (1): 92–109. doi:10.1093/ptj/86.1.92. ISSN 0031-9023. 
  2. 2.02.1 Clark, William L.; Trumble, Thomas E.; Swiontkowski, Mark F.; Tencer, Allan F. (Jul 1, 1992). "Nerve tension and blood flow in a rat model of immediate and delayed repairs". The Journal of Hand Surgery. 17 (4): 677–687. doi:10.1016/0363-5023(92)90316-H. ISSN 0363-5023. 
  3. 3.03.1 Clark, William L.; Trumble, Thomas E.; Swiontkowski, Mark F.; Tencer, Allan F. (Jul 1, 1992). "Nerve tension and blood flow in a rat model of immediate and delayed repairs". The Journal of Hand Surgery. 17 (4): 677–687. doi:10.1016/0363-5023(92)90316-H. ISSN 0363-5023. 
  4. 4.04.1 Driscoll, Peter J.; Glasby, Michael A.; Lawson, Graham M. (2002). "An in vivo study of peripheral nerves in continuity: biomechanical and physiological responses to elongation". Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 20 (2): 370–375. doi:10.1016/S0736-0266(01)00104-8. ISSN 1554-527X. 
  5. 5.05.1 Tanoue, M.; Yamaga, M.; Ide, J.; Takagi, K. (Jun 1996). "Acute stretching of peripheral nerves inhibits retrograde axonal transport". Journal of Hand Surgery (Edinburgh, Scotland). 21 (3): 358–363. ISSN 0266-7681. PMID 8771477. 
  6. 6.06.1 Ogata, K.; Naito, M. (Feb 1986). "Blood flow of peripheral nerve effects of dissection, stretching and compression". Journal of Hand Surgery (Edinburgh, Scotland). 11 (1): 10–14. ISSN 0266-7681. PMID 3958526. 
  7. 7.07.1 Jou, I. M.; Lai, K. A.; Shen, C. L.; Yamano, Y. (Jan 2000). "Changes in conduction, blood flow, histology, and neurological status following acute nerve-stretch injury induced by femoral lengthening". Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society. 18 (1): 149–155. doi:10.1002/jor.1100180121. ISSN 0736-0266. PMID 10716291. 
  8. 8.08.1 Laplaca, Michelle C.; Lee, Virginia M.-Y.; Thibault, Lawrence E. (Jun 1, 1997). "An In Vitro Model of Traumatic Neuronal Injury: Loading Rate-Dependent Changes in Acute Cytosolic Calcium and Lactate Dehydrogenase Release". Journal of Neurotrauma. 14 (6): 355–368. doi:10.1089/neu.1997.14.355. ISSN 0897-7151. 
  9. 9.09.1 Sullivan, Stephen; Park, Paul; Stetler, William R. (Jul 1, 2010). "Pathophysiology of adult tethered cord syndrome: review of the literature". Neurosurgical Focus. 29 (1): E2. doi:10.3171/2010.3.FOCUS1080. ISSN 1092-0684. 
  10. Cargill, Robert S.; Geddes, Donna M. (Jun 1, 2001). "An in Vitro Model of Neural Trauma: Device Characterization and Calcium Response to Mechanical Stretch". Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 123 (3): 247–255. doi:10.1115/1.1374201. ISSN 0148-0731. 
  11. Cargill, Robert S.; Thibault, Lawrence E. (Jul 1, 1996). "Acute Alterations in [Ca2+]i in NG108-15 Cells Subjected to High Strain Rate Deformation and Chemical Hypoxia: An in Vitro Model for Neural Trauma". Journal of Neurotrauma. 13 (7): 395–407. doi:10.1089/neu.1996.13.395. ISSN 0897-7151. 
  12. Ogata, Kosuke; Naito, Masatoshi (Feb 1, 1986). "Blood flow of peripheral nerve effects of dissection stretching and compression". The Journal of Hand Surgery: British & European Volume. 11 (1): 10–14. doi:10.1016/0266-7681(86)90003-3. ISSN 0266-7681. 
  13. Sunderland, Ian R. P.; Brenner, Michael J.; Singham, Janakie; Rickman, Susan R.; Hunter, Daniel A.; Mackinnon, Susan E. (Oct 2004). "Effect of Tension on Nerve Regeneration in Rat Sciatic Nerve Transection Model". Annals of Plastic Surgery. 53 (4): 382. doi:10.1097/01.sap.0000125502.63302.47. ISSN 0148-7043. 
  14. Colohan, Austin R. T.; Zouros, Alexander; Siddiqi, Javed; Yamada, Shoko M.; Yamada, Brian S.; Pezeshkpour, Gholam; Won, Daniel J.; Yamada, Shokei (Aug 1, 2007). "Pathophysiology of tethered cord syndrome and similar complex disorders". Neurosurgical Focus. 23 (2): 1–10. doi:10.3171/FOC-07/08/E6. ISSN 1092-0684. 
  15. Yamada, Shoko M.; Won, Daniel J.; Yamada, Shokei (Feb 1, 2004). "Pathophysiology of tethered cord syndrome: correlation with symptomatology". Neurosurgical Focus. 16 (2): 1–5. doi:10.3171/foc.2004.16.2.7. ISSN 1092-0684. 
  16. Colohan, Austin R. T.; Zouros, Alexander; Siddiqi, Javed; Yamada, Shoko M.; Yamada, Brian S.; Pezeshkpour, Gholam; Won, Daniel J.; Yamada, Shokei (Aug 1, 2007). "Pathophysiology of tethered cord syndrome and similar complex disorders". Neurosurgical Focus. 23 (2): 1–10. doi:10.3171/FOC-07/08/E6. ISSN 1092-0684. 
  17. Bruinings, A. L.; Berg‐Emons, H. J. G. Van Den; Buffart, L. M.; Heijden‐Maessen, H. C. M. Van Der; Roebroeck, M. E.; Stam, H. J. (2007). "Energy cost and physical strain of daily activities in adolescents and young adults with myelomeningocele". Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 49 (9): 672–677. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2007.00672.x. ISSN 1469-8749. 
  18. Rekate, Harold L.; Theodore, Nicholas; Kalani, M. Yashar; Filippidis, Aristotelis S. (Jul 1, 2010). "Spinal cord traction, vascular compromise, hypoxia, and metabolic derangements in the pathophysiology of tethered cord syndrome". Neurosurgical Focus. 29 (1): E9. doi:10.3171/2010.3.FOCUS1085. ISSN 1092-0684. 
  19. Danto, Joseph; Greenberg, Burt M.; Rosenthal, Alan D.; Schneider, Steven J. (Feb 1, 1993). "A Preliminary Report on the Use of Laser-Doppler Flowmetry during Tethered Spinal Cord Release". Neurosurgery. 32 (2): 214–218. doi:10.1227/00006123-199302000-00010. ISSN 0148-396X. 
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