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Piercing Finger, Hand, or Elbow Pain?

Radial tunnel syndrome occurs when the radial nerve is entrapped in the supinator muscles, which are the muscles helping to rotate the forearm. This condition is common with people who play racket sports like tennis and with spin bowlers. 

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain around the elbow when resistance is placed on the middle finger during extension (straightening)
  • Cutting, stabbing, and piercing pain at the back of the hand or top of forearm

DIAGNOSIS

An orthopedic doctor can correctly diagnose radial tunnel syndrome by conducting a thorough physical exam. Images are usually taken to rule out other possible problems.

TREATMENTS

Stretching, technique modification, physical therapy, and neoprene bracing are common treatment methods. More severe symptoms may require surgery to reduce pressure on the affected nerve.

Coastal Ortho
✆ Phone (appointments): 310-316-6190
Addresses: 
5215 Torrance Blvd., Suite 210, Torrance , CA 90503
2200 E. Maple Ave. El Segundo CA 90245