What is radial neuritis?

Radial Tunnel Syndrome, also known as radial neuritis, is a confusing and challenging condition affecting the terminal branch of the radial nerve in the arm, the posterior interosseous nerve. It is often misdiagnosed as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) due to the prevalence of that condition.

What are the symptoms of radial nerve entrapment?

Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Abnormal sensations in the back and thumb side of the hand, or in the thumb, 2nd, and 3rd fingers.
  • Weakness, loss of coordination of the fingers.
  • Problem straightening the arm at the elbow.
  • Problem bending the hand back at the wrist, or holding the hand.

How long does it take for radial nerve palsy to heal?

Radial nerve palsy can continue for up to 21 months following injury, with 6 months being the average time to full recovery.

What does radial nerve damage feel like?

A radial nerve injury usually causes symptoms in the back of your hand, near your thumb, and in your index and middle fingers. Symptoms may include a sharp or burning pain, as well as unusual sensations in your thumb and fingers. It’s common to experience numbness, tingling, and trouble straightening your arm.

How do you fix radial nerve pain?

Treatments include:

  1. Over-the-counter medications to reduce swelling.
  2. Steroid injections to relieve inflammation and pressure on the radial nerve.
  3. Wrist and/or elbow splints to reduce irritation of the radial nerve.
  4. Exercise, techniques to reduce the effects of repetitive motion stress, ultrasound, heat and cold.

How do you fix radial nerve damage?

A splint or cast can support the wrist and hand while the radial nerve heals. In certain cases, your physician may recommend surgery to remove a cyst, tumor or broken bone pressing on the nerve or repair the nerve itself. This therapy applies a gentle electric current to the muscles and may help reduce pain.

Does an MRI scan show nerve damage?

MRI is sensitive to changes in cartilage and bone structure resulting from injury, disease, or aging. It can detect herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal tumors, spinal cord compression, and fractures.

What are the long term effects of nerve damage?

But sometimes, nerve damage can be permanent, even if the cause is treated. Long-term (chronic) pain can be a major problem for some people. Numbness in the feet can lead to skin sores that do not heal. In rare cases, numbness in the feet may lead to amputation.

How do neurologists treat nerve pain?

Multimodal therapy (including medicines, physical therapy, psychological counseling and sometimes surgery) is usually required to treat neuropathic pain. Medicines commonly prescribed for neuropathic pain include anti-seizure drugs such as: Gabapentin (Neurontin®). Pregabalin (Lyrica®).

How to tell if you have radial neuropathy?

Radial neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the radial nerve, which travels down the arm and controls: 1 Movement of the triceps muscle at the back of the upper arm 2 Ability to bend the wrist and fingers backward 3 Movement and sensation of the wrist and hand

What kind of nerve damage does the radial nerve have?

It helps you move your arm, wrist, and hand. Damage to one nerve group, such as the radial nerve, is called mononeuropathy. Mononeuropathy means there is damage to a single nerve. Diseases affecting the entire body (systemic disorders) can also cause isolated nerve damage.

What to do if your radial nerve is injured?

These may include: A supportive splint at either the wrist or elbow to help prevent further injury and relieve the symptoms. An elbow pad of the radial nerve is injured at the elbow. Physical therapy exercises to help maintain muscle strength in the arm.

How does vestibular neuritis affect the inner ear?

Vestibular Neuritis Menu. Vestibular neuritis is a disorder that affects the nerve of the inner ear called the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve sends balance and head position information from the inner ear to the brain. When this nerve becomes swollen (inflamed), it disrupts the way the information would normally be interpreted by the brain.