A nerve entrapment, often referred to as nerve compression or pinched nerve, occurs when pressure it put onto a nerve. Pressure can be from repetitive motions or long periods of standing or sitting, for example. Nerves traveling through narrow spaces throughout the body are most vulnerable to nerve entrapment.
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Nerve compression often occurs when the body experiences inflammation and nerves are pressed between ligaments, tendons, or bones. In patients with a metabolic condition, such as diabetes, the nerve can become inflamed and swell, which is problematic in areas of the body where the near passes through a narrow space, such as below the knee or near the ankle.
If a nerve entrapment is not immediately cared for, the condition can become chronic. Common symptoms of nerve entrapment syndromes include pain, weakness, and numbness. The two most common entrapment syndromes in the upper body are carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment. In the lower body, entrapment of the common peroneal nerve at the fibular neck (just below the knee) and tarsal tunnel syndrome are often seen.
Carpal tunnel syndrome involves compression to the medial nerve of the hand. Patients often feel numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Reduced hand function often results from untreated carpal tunnel syndrome. People with desk jobs that require continuous typing or people who are required to frequently lift in their job are most vulnerable to developing carpal tunnel.
Ulnar nerve entrapment is another common entrapment syndrome, which involves damage to the ulnar nerve of the cubital tunnel along the elbow. Patients often experience numbness, elbow pain, and reduced muscle strength. People who play tennis or any other sport involving repetitive arm and hand motions are at a higher risk of developing ulnar nerve entrapment syndrome.
For people who experience symptoms associated with these two entrapment syndromes, please consider the follow tips that may aid in relief:
- Avoid strenuous activities involving the hand, wrist, or arm
- Make sure your chair height and desk height are not too low. Use a hand rest for your wrist and elbow.
- Avoid leaning and putting pressure on your arm or hand.
- Keep your arm extended while you’re sleeping
At US Neuropathy Centers, our providers adhere to highest level of patient care. If you or someone you know suffers from undiagnosed nerve pain, contact a specialist at your nearest US Neuropathy Centers today to set up an appointment.
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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