Radial Tunnel Syndrome
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What Is Radial Tunnel Syndrome?
Radial tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by pain and discomfort in the forearm, specifically along the path of the radial nerve as it passes through the radial tunnel. The radial tunnel is a space formed by the bones and muscles of the forearm, and the radial nerve is responsible for providing sensation and motor function to the back of the hand and forearm.
Symptoms of Radial Tunnel Syndrome
The main symptom of radial tunnel syndrome is pain, which is typically felt deep within the forearm and can radiate toward the wrist or hand. The pain may worsen with activities that involve repetitive or prolonged use of the forearm, such as gripping, twisting, or lifting objects. Other symptoms may include aching, burning, or a sense of weakness in the forearm.
The exact cause of radial tunnel syndrome is not always clear, but it is often associated with overuse or repetitive strain on the forearm, such as in occupations or activities that involve repetitive motions. Other potential causes include direct trauma or compression of the radial nerve within the radial tunnel.
Treatment for Radial Tunnel Syndrome