Radial Nerve Entrapment
The Radial Nerve has six entrapment sites starting at the neck and moving down the arm. If the nerve is entrapped at one of these sites you will feel it in the back of the hand, thumb, and pointer finger.
What causes tingling on the back of the hand?
Three main nerves give sensation to the skin on the arm and hand as well as control muscle contraction in the forearm, wrist, hands and fingers. If one of the nerves get irritated or entrapped anywhere between the spine and your fingers, your hand may fall asleep, or weakness, tingling, burning, pain or tightness in the arm, hand, or fingers may arise. There are six entrapment sites of the radial nerve starting at the neck and moving down the arm. If the radial nerve is entrapped at one of these sites, you will feel discomfort in the back of the hand, thumb, and pointer finger.
What are symptoms of Radial Nerve Entrapment?
Tingling, burning, pain, tightness, or numbness will be felt in the back of the hand, thumb, and forearm, noticed especially with use of the wrist or elbow. Weakness in the thumb as you move your thumb away from the fingers, is also a good indicator.
How do you treat tingling on the back of the hand?
Once Dr. Creech or Dr. Nothold has determined the radial nerve is being restricted, Active Release Techniques (ART) can be used to release the areas of nerve entrapment. During treatment, Dr. Creech or Dr. Nothold will moved the affected area, your hand for example, from a shortened to a lengthened position while having you more the arm in the appropriate direction. Depending on the severity of the entrapment, you may also be assigned home exercises to assist in treatment.