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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?

Radial tunnel release is a surgical procedure performed to alleviate symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome, a condition 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 or constricting structures that are compressing the radial nerve, such as thickened tendons or irritated ligaments. This helps to relieve pressure on the nerve and restore proper nerve function.

Indications Of Radial Tunnel Syndrome

Symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome may include:

  1. Pain or aching in the forearm, especially on the outer side.
  2. Weakness or difficulty gripping objects.
  3. Radiating pain from the forearm to the back of the hand or fingers.
  4. Tenderness or sensitivity to touch along the radial nerve pathway.

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. 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. 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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