Entrapment neuropathies can begin as a sensory or motor abnormality leading to a severely debilitating disease if not treated correctly.  The most common entrapment neuropathies are: median nerve (pronator syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, anterior interosseous nerve syndrome), ulnar nerve (cubital tunnel syndrome), radial nerve (posterior interosseous nerve syndrome).  Specific signs and symptoms will lead to a diagnosis.  If you need any special tests (X-rays, EMG, MRI) these will be requested.  

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Treatment consists of conservative treatment and surgery.

 

Conservative treatment:

  • Rest
  • Activity modification
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Splinting
  • Occupational therapy.

 

Surgery will be considered if conservative treatment fails or if the problem is already severely debilitating (e.g. permanent sensory loss; loss of function or severe muscle atrophy (thinning).