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Nerve Entrapment


Nerve entrapment occurs when there is “compression” on a nerve in the elbow and/or forearm. It may be the result of repetitive motions, or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping. Nerves can be the most vulnerable at places in your body where they travel through narrow spaces but have little soft tissue to protect them. Nerve entrapment often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as:

  • Ligament.
  • Tendon.
  • Bone.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain in the area of entrapment.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • “Pins and needles” or a burning sensation.
  • Weakness.


Treatment Options

  • Rest.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Steroid injections.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Splint.
  • Surgery.


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