Upper Extremity Nerves
Patients who suffer from this condition work in jobs in which they use their hands frequently and repetitively. Examples include occupations that involve the use of computer keyboards or the assembly of things.
Symptoms of Compression Neuropathy in The Arm Include:
- An aching or burning pain in the hand sometimes going up to the elbow
- A need to shake the hands to get rid of the numb feeling early in the morning
Loss of Feeling in The Arm and Hands Can Cause:
- Increased clumsiness
- A tendency to drop things
The Three Nerves Involved Are:
- The median nerve—providing sensation to the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger on the palm side of the hand.
- The ulnar nerve—providing feeling to the little finger and half of the ring finger as well as the backs of these fingers and also powering the small muscles in the hand that help spread the fingers and grip with the little finger and ring finger.
- The radial nerve—providing feeling to the back of the hand including the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half the ring finger. This nerve compression is often missed because the patient does not notice numbness on the back of the hand as readily