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Nerve Entrapment – Elbow, wrist & hand

Nerve entrapment

Conditions affecting the nerves can present in many forms either a pinched nerve or rather stemming from the central nervous system or metabolic/endocrine disease. Chiropractors are extensively trained in the assessment and diagnosis of such conditions, and are able to refer to an appropriate healthcare provider when needed or for additional imaging.

Causes: Nerve entrapment (or “pinched nerve”) can occur when pressure is applied to a nerve by a structure or tissue including bone, cartilage, muscles or tendons. Yet, entrapment can also be secondary to other factors such as pregnancy due to the increase in water retention and swelling.

Symptoms: Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Sharp, shooting, aching or burning pain
  • Numbness or decrease sensation
  • Tingling or pins and needles sensations
  • Muscle weakness

Examples: Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, radial nerve entrapment

How our experts can help: Depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor will recommend an individualized plan of management. The treatment options may include:

  • Patient education & re-assurance
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupuncture, ultrasound and others
  • Rehabilitation and exercises
  • Ergonomic & lifestyle changes
  • Refer and co-management if needed
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