What is Radial Tunnel Syndrome?

The radial nerve runs from the neck to the hand. At the elbow, the nerve passes through a narrow tunnel known as the radial tunnel. When the nerve is compressed or pinched in the tunnel, radial tunnel syndrome presents as a dull, aching pain. Other symptoms include:
  • Swelling
  • Forearm weakness
  • Forearm fatigue

How is Radial Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

The goal of treatment is to decrease inflammation, pain, and swelling, and prevent symptoms from reoccurring. Nonsurgical treatment options are effective. They usually include a combination of:
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Immobilization devices, such as braces, splints, or casts
  • Physical therapy
And in some cases, corticosteroid injections. Because surgery is rarely used to treat radial tunnel syndrome, interested patients should discuss surgical options with an orthopedic hand surgeon.