Neuropathy - radial nerve; Radial nerve palsy; Mononeuropathy
The goal of treatment is to allow you to use the hand and arm as much as possible. The health care provider should find and treat the cause, if possible. In some cases, no treatment is needed and you will recover slowly on your own.
Surgery to remove masses that press on the nerve may help.
Medical causes such as diabetes and kidney disease should be treated.
CONTROL OF SYMPTOMS
Medications may include:
Whenever possible, avoid or minimize your use of medications to reduce the risk of side effects.
Other treatments include:
Occupational therapy and vocational therapy or counseling to suggest changes at the worksite may be needed.
If the cause of the nerve dysfunction can be found and successfully treated, there is a good chance that you will fully recover. In some cases, there may be partial or complete loss of movement or sensation.
Nerve pain may be uncomfortable and may last for a long period of time. If this occurs, see a pain specialist to ensure you have access to all pain treatment options.
Call your health care provider if you have had an injury to the arm, and you develop numbness, tingling, or weakness.
Weiss LD, Pobre TE. Radial neuropathy. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr., eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 22.
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