Radial Tunnel Syndrome
IntroductionRadial tunnel syndrome occurs when the radial nerve in the arm is compressed. The radial nerve travels through the radial tunnel located on the top (dorsum) of the forearm. The radial nerve can be compressed or irritated in the radial tunnel due to repetitive movements, forceful forearm movements, or injury. Radial tunnel syndrome causes hand weakness and pain in the forearm near the elbow. Most cases are treated with rest, rehabilitation, and splinting. Surgery is used when all other treatments have failed.
If you experience radial tunnel syndrome, you may enhance your recovery my complying with your splint wearing schedule and attending all of your rehabilitation therapy appointments. Practice your home therapy exercise program. Integrate activity modifications to protect your radial nerve.
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