You’ve probably experienced the pain, numbness and tingling that occurs when you hit your “funny bone.” Imagine if you constantly felt that sensation in your arm, hand or fingers. That’s what life is like for many people with a nerve entrapment disorder.
Symptoms of a nerve entrapment disorder can be debilitating. But with proper treatment, they are also manageable.
Nerves carry signals from your brain. These signals help you move your muscles, and feel temperature and texture.
Three main nerves run down your arm and hand:
If a nerve is stretched or compressed by bone, muscle or other tissue, you may experience chronic pain and other symptoms. This is called a nerve entrapment disorder, or nerve compression syndrome.
Mercy’s orthopedic specialists understand that nerve entrapment disorders are more than a nuisance. If left untreated, symptoms may become intolerable. We have experience treating the three main types of hand nerve entrapment:
Even if your symptoms are mild or fleeting, you should talk to your doctor.
There is a wide range of treatments available:
If a nerve entrapment disorder makes it hard for you to take care of yourself, talk to your Mercy physician. Together we'll help you get rid of your symptoms - and regain your quality of life.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including: