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Doctor insights on: Radial Nerve Injury

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Why does a compressed ulnar nerve (ulnar canal syndrome) not cause radial deviation?

Why does a compressed ulnar nerve (ulnar canal syndrome) not cause radial deviation?

Ulnar Nerve: supplies motor innervation to the adductor pollicis muscle in the thumb, the muscles of the hypothenar eminence and the intrinsic muscles of the palm (interossei and lumbricals) The branches to the forearm muscles (extensor and flexor carpi ulnaris when compressed produce only minor weakness (vs what occurs when the nerve is cut) One might develop a claw hand but not radial deviation ...Read more

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Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Possibly: Nerve injury implies some kind of damage to the nerve itself. While spinal cord and nerves are both nervous tissue, nerves typically are structures that have branched outside the spinal cord. Injury to the sciatic nerve, for example, is not considered a spinal cord injury. They are very different structures. ...Read more

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Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Yes: 98% of patients will get improvement in sensation and most complete recovery. It could take up to 3-4 months, so be patient. It also depends on how much damage you have going into the surgery (based on emg/ncv test). Permanent and irreversible nerve damage can also occur for many reasons without decompression of the nerve. ...Read more

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Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Muscle wasting possible due to ulnar nerve compression?

Yes: Depending on where nerve is compressed, muscles innervated may be affected. Commonly, muscle in first webspace, between thumb and index, become atrophied. Muscles between metacarpals, or interossei, can atrophy. Result is hand weakness with atrophy. ...Read more

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How serious is ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?

How serious is ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?

Open surgery: Any surgery around the nerves has risks and potential complications. Ulnar nerve surgery is a relatively common surgery done by neurosurgeons and nerve specialists. It involves identifying the nerve at the region of the elbow and freeing it up of any scar and adhesions. Sometimes, it is necessary to transpose it or move it slightly so that it is not as easily injured. ...Read more

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Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Nerve entrapment: Each of these has particular symptoms and causes which may help to sort them out http://www.neurocuro.com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/ ...Read more

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Could radial nerve damage be repaired 100%?

It depends: It depends somewhat on the degree of the damage. Mild issues often resolve with time. More serious damage may improve but not completely resolve. Sometimes, there is no improvement. ...Read more

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What's radial nerve's palsy?

What's radial nerve's palsy?

Radial nerve palsy: Is a condition inwhich the radial nerve ceases to function. It can be temposary if the nerve was just bruised, or it can be permanent if the nerve was irreversably damaged. The radial nerve is responsible for several of the muscles that control the hand and wrist as well as the triceps muscle. The effect of the palsy depends on where the nerve was injured. Everything downstrem will be affected. ...Read more

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Optic nerve crushed, optic nerve transplant?

Optic nerve crushed, optic nerve transplant?

No recourse: A crushed optic nerve (how did this happen to you?) causes permanent changes which will alter the vision sometimes severely. There is currently no treatment known for this and a transplant is not possible. A discussion with a neuro-ophthalmologist would be helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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Does sural nerve damage cause numbness?

Does sural nerve damage cause numbness?

Yes, it can: The sural nerve is a purely sensory nerve and damage to it can cause numbness on the outside of your ankle and foot. ...Read more

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Where to repair alveolar nerve injury?

Where to repair alveolar nerve injury?

Quite difficult: The majority of injuries result in transient sensory disturbance but, in some cases, permanent abnormal sensation (paræsthesia), reduced sensation (hypoæsthesia) or, even worse, some form of unpleasant abnormal sensation (dysæsthesia) can occur.The spontaneous recovery rate for nerve injuries related to lower wisdom tooth (3rd molar) removal is quite variable ranging from 50% - 100%.Rarely. ...Read more

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Numbness in thumb tip pinched nerve ?

Numbness in thumb tip pinched nerve ?

Thumb numbness: Thumb numbness could be a from a "pinched nerve" in your neck, typically the c6 nerve root. However, most people also have varying degrees of pain, weakness, or tingling accompanying the numbness. However, I have seen patients in my practice with just numbness alone. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Maybe, maybe not: Nerve pain from sciatica almost always (over 90%) heals itself. Nerve damage is less predictable. Some nerve damage is reversible, but the healing process is very slow - years. ...Read more

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Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

YES: Damage to the nerves that supply the perineum may result in penile numbness. It is well known that bicycle riding, which is an excellent aerobic exercise, may result in penile numbness. This may result from nerve damage or vascular compression resulting arterial insuffiency, swelling and even blood clots. If you're having numbness your pcp may refer you to a urologist & neurolidt for evaluation. ...Read more

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Injury of the big toe, pinched nerve?

Injury of the big toe, pinched nerve?

Possibly: Irritation to the L5 nerve root can cause radiating pain to the big toe. However, trauma to the toe sounds like it is more likely in your case. ...Read more

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Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

The cranial nerves : And there are 12, arise in the pons, midbrain and brain stem. The facial laceration is likely to severe/injue branches of vii, the facial nerve, providing innervation of facial muscles. ...Read more

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What causes a radial nerve palsy?

What causes a radial nerve palsy?

Wrist drop: Radial nerve can be compressed against the upper arm bone (the humerus) , e.g. By falling sleep with arm hanging over a chair (saturday night palsy!) or by crutches in the armpit or by traction in the operating theater etc and cause wrist drop. An EMG can diagnose the site. ...Read more

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Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Never seen or heard: Radial nerve injury will cause wrist drop or weakness in lifting the wrist. ...Read more

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Fell 35 feet. Fractured hip radial head fracture with internal fixation. Diagnosed ulnar nerve entrapment. Three months later sudden diplopia.

Fell 35 feet. Fractured hip radial head fracture with internal fixation. Diagnosed ulnar nerve entrapment. Three months later sudden diplopia.

Not related unless..: ..There was an embolism, more associated with a fracture of the hip, not the radial head. If radial head was fractured also, ulnar entrapment can happen from a stretch injury on the inner side of the elbow @ the time of injury. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more