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Radial Tunnel Release

If you suffer from pain or weakness due to radial tunnel syndrome, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Radial Tunnel Release?

Surgeons use radial tunnel release to alleviate symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome. This condition is characterized by pain and discomfort along the radial nerve in the forearm. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision and carefully releases the tight structures that are compressing the radial nerve. This helps to relieve pressure on the nerve and restore proper nerve function.

Indications Of Radial Tunnel Syndrome

Radial tunnel decompression relieves pressure on the radial nerve as it passes through the forearm’s radial tunnel. This compression causes various symptoms. For example, forearm pain or aching, difficulty gripping objects, and radiating pain from the forearm to the back of the hand or fingers.

During decompression surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the forearm to access the radial tunnel and releases any structures compressing the nerve. Moreover, this alleviates nerve pressure, allowing proper function and symptom reduction. After surgery, patients typically undergo rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility in the affected arm.

Additionally, non-surgical treatments for radial tunnel syndrome may include rest, immobilization with a splint or brace, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and corticosteroid injections. However, if conservative measures fail to provide relief, radial tunnel release surgery may be recommended.

Radial Tunnel Release Procedure

During the procedure, the surgeon will carefully locate the area of nerve compression and release the tight structures causing the compression. Moreover, this can be done through an open incision or using minimally invasive techniques, such as endoscopic or arthroscopic approaches. After the surgery, patients may undergo a period of rehabilitation to restore strength, flexibility, and function in the forearm and hand.

The goal of radial tunnel release is to alleviate pain, improve hand and arm function, and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals with radial tunnel syndrome. Additionally, the specific treatment approach will depend on the severity of the condition, the patient’s symptoms, and the surgeon’s recommendation based on a thorough evaluation. It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for radial tunnel syndrome.


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