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Radial Tunnel Syndrome (Forearm)
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 recommended when all other treatments have failed.
RecoveryRecovery from radial tunnel syndrome is different for everyone. Your recovery will depend on the extent of your condition, the type of treatment you received, and your compliance with therapy and splinting. Recovery following surgical treatment can take months. You should experience improvements in about four to six weeks with nonsurgical treatments. Your doctor will let you know what to expect
If you experience radial tunnel syndrome, you may enhance your recovery by 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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