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Decompression of radial nerve at the elbow at the Arcade of Frohse.

Radial Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the radial nerve becomes compressed as it passes through a tunnel formed by muscle and bone near the elbow.

Although sometimes confused with Tennis Elbow, Radial Tunnel Syndrome manifests symptoms that are different—including the location of pain and tenderness, about an inch below the elbow. Due to nerve pressure inside the radial tunnel, muscles of the forearm and wrist may be too weak to lift or hold things and there may be tingling along the back of the hand.

Conservative treatment includes discontinuation of any activities that twist or bend the wrist, splinting and physical therapy. If symptoms are severe and prolonged, surgical intervention to release the irritated nerve is pursued.

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