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Radial Tunnel Syndrome – Symptoms and Treatment
Radial Tunnel Syndrome - Condition Overview
Arm pain is a common complaint that is seen in the chiropractic field. Radial Tunnel Syndrome (RTS) is one of these arm pain conditions resulting near the forearm and elbow that our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractors specialize in diagnosis and conservative chiropractic treatment. Radial Tunnel Syndrome presents typically with overuse of the forearm musculature or elbow joints. Radial Tunnel Syndrome is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, differing in location and presenting slightly different symptoms. Where Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly seen near the wrist with nerve symptoms including numbness, weakness, and tingling that extend into the hands and fingers, Radial Tunnel Syndrome presents with pain near the top of the forearm and elbow with symptoms that extend down the forearm into the thumb and first finger typically. Grip strength can be affected but is typically due to the level of pain with the affected muscles inhibiting muscle contraction.
What Are Common Symptoms Of Radial Tunnel Syndrome (RTS)?
- Localized pain near the top of the forearm near the elbow.
- Pain can present differently but is typically achy with some patients experiencing stabbing, sharp, or throbbing pain.
- Weakness in grip, typically due to pain associated with the grip muscles.
- "Thumb Drop" or difficulty with extension or movement of the thumb.
- Typically do not experience tingling, numbness
- Difficulty with certain hand and wrist movements due to muscle and RTS pain.
- Swelling and redness may or may not be present.
How Can Chiropractic Help My Radial Tunnel Syndrome and Arm Pain?
Chiropractic care provides conservative treatment that is cost effective towards arm pain conditions including Radial Tunnel Syndrome. We start with a thorough examination to rule out other conditions that are similar, but vastly different, than Radial Tunnel Syndrome. These include Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Nerve Impingement, and other causes of arm pain. After a thorough examination and orthopedic testing, we may take advanced imaging to rule out any red flags or to finalize a diagnosis for the arm pain condition. Our conservative treatment protocols in our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractic offices utilize a variety of techniques to reduce pain and resolve the underlying factor that is creating the pain symptoms. Our goal is to not only eliminate pain, but to reduce the risk factors and underlying causes that may be contributing to the pain symptoms being created, providing the chiropractic patient with the tools to keep the arm pain condition eliminated.
What Are Treatment Options?
Conservative chiropractic treatment is generally very successful for this condition. Utilizing soft tissue techniques, laser therapy, electric stimulation, chiropractic adjustments of surrounding and contributing structures provide pain relief and return of function. It is important to get a comprehensive examination to ensure this is the appropriate diagnosis so call our Overland Park, KS or Lenexa, KS chiropractic office to schedule today!
Alternatives if conservative chiropractic treatment is not successful may include injections and surgery and a referral can be provided if a patient is a candidate for this type of intervention.