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Nerve Injuries and Conditions

Conditions

  • Anterior Interosseous Nerve Palsy

    The anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) is a branch of the median nerve which supplies the forearm and hand with motor functions. Pressure on this nerve can affect hand movements (palsy).

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  • Brachial Neuritis (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome)

    Brachial neuritis is a nerve disorder that affects the shoulder and arm causing severe pain for several days or weeks followed by weakness. It may develop after a viral illness, trauma or surgery.

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  • Brachial Plexus Injuries

    The brachial plexus is a system of nerves supplying the arm and hand with sensory and motor functions. Injury to these nerves can occur with forceful pulling or stretching of the arm.

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist area.

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  • Long Thoracic Nerve Compression

    The long thoracic nerve passes through the neck, armpit and side of the chest to supply a muscle called the serratus anterior which helps stabilize the shoulder blade. Compression of the long thoracic nerve can lead to shoulder pain, difficulty raising the arm and abnormal protrusion of the shoulder blade.

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  • Nerve Anatomy

    Nerves control the movements of the arms, hands and fingers which can be very precise and complex. They also provide sensation to these structures which is crucial to various activities.

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  • What Are Nerve Conduction Studies?

    Nerves use electrical impulses to coordinate muscle movement in our bodies. Diseases affecting the muscles and nerves can result in abnormal electrical activity.

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist area.

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  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapments (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)

    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition characterized by compression of the ulnar nerve in an area of the elbow called the cubital tunnel.

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  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at The Wrist

    The ulnar nerve may get compressed as it passes through the wrist causing tingling and numbness in the little finger and part of the ring finger as well as weakness in grip strength. Nerve compression may be due to a benign tumor called a ganglion, a wrist fracture, repetitive trauma or chronic pressure to the hand.

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  • Nerve Laceration

    A laceration is a tear or ragged opening in the skin usually caused by an injury or trauma. A laceration may be either a partial laceration or a complete laceration.

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  • Peripheral Neuropathies

    Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by damaged nerves that cause pain. When this condition affects one nerve, it is called mononeuropathy...

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  • Pronator Syndrome

    Pronator syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve at the elbow. It is characterized by abnormal sensations in the thumb and adjacent fingers and pain in the forearm.

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  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome

    The radial nerve runs from the neck, along the upper arm and forearm, providing sensation and motor function to the hand.

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  • Wattenberg’s Syndrome (Cheiralgia Parasthetica)

    Wattenberg’s syndrome also called cheiralgia parasthetica is caused by compression of a branch of the radial nerve in the forearm near the wrist. It is characterized by pain and abnormal sensations at the back of the hand.

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  • Later Antebrachial Cutaneous Nerve Neuritis

    Compression or injury to the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve can cause inflammation leading to elbow pain and a burning sensation on the side of the forearm. This injury may occur with excessive throwing due to pressure from the biceps tendon.

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  • Suprascapular Nerve Compression

    The suprascapular nerve passes through a notch in the shoulder blade and may undergo compression in this region with prolonged use of backpacks or sports involving overhead arm movements. This can cause pain over the shoulder blade and difficulty with certain shoulder movements.

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  • Brachial Plexus Injuries

    The brachial plexus is a system of nerves supplying the arm and hand with sensory and motor functions. Injury to these nerves can occur with forceful pulling or stretching of the arm.

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  • Winging Scapula

    Scapular winging is an abnormal protrusion of the scapula (shoulder blade) due to dysfunction of the muscles that stabilize it, mainly the serratus anterior muscle. Dysfunction of the serratus anterior occurs with injury to the long thoracic nerve.

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  • Neuroma

    Neuroma is a painful tumor that develops on nerve tissue due to scarring following trauma or surgery.

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  • Nerve Tumors

    Ganglion cyst – These are non-cancerous raised lumps typically found near joints such as the wrist and fingers, but can occur anywhere on the body.

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  • Brachial Neuritis (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome)

    Brachial neuritis is a nerve disorder that affects the shoulder and arm causing severe pain for several days or weeks followed by weakness. It may develop after a viral illness, trauma or surgery.

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  • Anterior Interosseous Nerve Palsy

    The anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) is a branch of the median nerve which supplies the forearm and hand with motor functions. Pressure on this nerve can affect hand movements (palsy).

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  • Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

    The ulnar nerve passes through a tunnel formed by wrist bones and ligaments where it can get compressed causing tingling and numbness in the little finger and part of the ring finger as well as weakness in grip strength. Nerve compression may be due to a benign tumor called a ganglion, a wrist fracture, repetitive trauma or chronic pressure to the hand.

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  • PIN Compression Syndrome

    The posterior interosseous nerve supplies the muscles at the back of the forearm that extend the wrist and fingers. Compression of this nerve can occur with trauma or overuse injuries causing pain in the elbow and weakness of the wrist and fingers.

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  • Radiculopathy

    Radiculopathy is a condition where a nerve root in the spine is compressed producing pain or weakness across the whole length of the nerve.

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  • Later Antebrachial Cutaneous Nerve Neuritis

    Compression or injury to the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve can cause inflammation leading to elbow pain and a burning sensation on the side of the forearm. This injury may occur with excessive throwing due to pressure from the biceps tendon.

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  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)

    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition characterized by compression of the ulnar nerve in an area of the elbow called the cubital tunnel.

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Procedures

  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist. Small wrist bones known as carpals form the bottom and sides of the carpal tunnel...

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  • Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Release

    Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is stretched or compressed where it passes through the elbow causing forearm pain and tingling in the ring and little fingers. Endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery is a minimally invasive technique to relieve pressure on the nerve, which may reduce the risk of complications and promote a faster recovery.

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  • Nerve Decompression Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder

    The nerves supplying the upper extremity may undergo compression within the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand causing disturbance in sensory and motor function. Nerve decompression is surgery to relieve areas of tissue constriction causing nerve damage.

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  • Nerve Repair

    Nerve repair surgery may be performed following nerve injury to provide direction for the regenerating nerve fibers. It involves stitching the cut ends of a nerve or using a nerve graft in cases of extensive damage.

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  • Nerve Tumor Surgery

    Ganglion cyst – These are non-cancerous raised lumps typically found near joints such as the wrist and fingers, but can occur anywhere on the body.

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  • Nerve Transfer

    A nerve injury to the upper extremity can result in loss of function. A nerve transfer procedure involves using nerves with less important functions to restore crucial functions to the damaged nerves.

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  • Neurolysis

    Neurolysis is a procedure that temporarily or permanently destroys nerve tissue using a chemical or physical agent. It is usually done to interrupt the transmission of pain signals.

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  • Revision Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel Surgery

    Carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes are caused due to compression of nerves by surrounding structures and produce symptoms such as pain, tingling and weakness. Severe symptoms may be treated by surgery to release the nerves, but the condition can recur due to the formation of scar tissue. Revision carpal and cubital tunnel surgery usually involves removal of scar tissue around the nerves and improvement of the blood supply to the area.

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  • The American Board of  Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh  Medical Center
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery: AAHS
  • Alpha Omega Alpha