Be Careful About Nerve Entrapment

Nerve entrapment is an abnormal condition which shows nerve damage, muscle weakness or atrophy. The peripheral nerve is more prone to entrapment and show significant impairment with repeated compression. The nerve that cross over rigid prominences or by a narrow bony and fiscal canals are more prone to entrapment. The common symptoms of nerve entrapment are muscle weakness and pain.

Nerve damage due to entrapment is mostly occurs when nearby joints are affected with inflammation and swelling such as in the case of pregnancy, acromegaly, and rheumatoid arthritis. Nerve entrapment is also developing by performing certain activities that involves repeated motions such as knitting, prolong walking. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also a cause of nerve entrapment.

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The symptoms of nerve entrapment are :

  • Severe pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling sensation
  • Paresthesia
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle wasting
  • Thin dry skin

The outcome of repetitive trauma and injury to the nerve are ischemic (micro vascular) changes, edema, and injury to the outside layers of the nerve that helps in the transmission of the nerve’s messages and some structural changes in the nerve membranes. Nerve entrapment cannot be detected by any examination such as ultrasound, X-ray. The real frequency of the entrapment can only detected by pushing or stretching the affected area. So, it is highly important to consult the doctor who is highly experienced in examine nerve entrapment.

Non-surgical treatment methods for nerve entrapment are :

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve gliding exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Electrotherapy treatments
  • Chiropractic treatment

Surgical treatment methods are

  • Cubital tunnel release
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Medial epicondylectomy
  • Ulnar nerve anterior transposition
  • Tarsal tunnel release

Rathimed specialty hospital, Chennai has all the modern equipments and techniques to perform nerve entrapment treatment and regarded as one of the best orthopaedic clinic in India.The hospital has a good hold on nerve surgery and has a high rate of successful surgeries.

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