Understanding Radial Tunnel
Radial tunnel syndrome is one of the more unusual compression neuropathies. In this case the radial nerve is compressed by muscles in the forearm. The signs and symptoms often include pain on the back of your forearm which can progress to weakness over time. These symptoms are similar to tennis elbow which is more common.
Treatment for Radial Tunnel
Once the diagnosis is established, conservative management is employed but some patients progress to surgery. The essential component of surgery is to decompress the nerve. Therefore, the surgeon must eliminate any component of compression such as fibrous tissue, muscle or small blood vessels which may serve as compression structures.
Post-operatively, we will want you to move your arm under the care and supervision of a hand therapist with whom we will prescribe a rehabilitation program. Unrestricted use may resume in the 4-6 week time frame after the procedure.