What is Radial Tunnel Release?

What is radial tunnel release? Radial tunnel release surgery is designed to relieve pressure on the affected nerve by releasing some of the inflamed tissue and relieving compression on it. During surgery, an incision is made along one side of the elbow and through layers of tissue until the affected nerve appears. If there is any scarring or other material blocking its path, it will be carefully removed before stitching up and closing.

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What Causes Radial Tunnel Syndrome?

The cause of radial tunnel syndrome can vary from person to person. Factors that could contribute include an injury or trauma to the arm, swelling from arthritis, or overuse due to activities like weightlifting, sports, or manual labor. The symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the inside and backside of your forearm 
  • Numbness and tingling in your thumb and index fingers

How is Radial Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?

Radial Tunnel Syndrome (RTS) can be difficult to diagnose; therefore, our doctors at The Atlas Institute Peripheral Nerve Care may use tests such as:

  • Tinel’s test: The Tinel test involves gently tapping on areas around your elbow; if this produces pain or tingling like your own symptoms, then it may point toward RTS.
  • Electromyography (EMG): An EMG measures nerve conduction electrical signals from nerves.
  • MRI scan: An MRI scan generates detailed images of soft tissues and bones using magnets and radio waves; this can help determine if there is any pressure being put on the radial nerve from a mass located near it which can cause RTS.
  • Ultrasound: for diagnosis and guided injections.

How Effective is Radial Tunnel Release?

Our radial tunnel release in Denver has proven successful in treating many cases of RTS with positive results being verified as soon as three months after surgery. To ensure optimal healing, it’s important to follow strict post-operative protocols such as avoiding activities that strain your arms and using splints at night to minimize pressure on your wound area while you heal.

What is the Goal of Radial Tunnel Release?

The main objective behind undergoing this procedure is to reduce pressure on the affected nerve by cutting, releasing, or resecting structures like ligaments, tendons and soft tissue that are pressing against it. By doing this we can relieve pain, numbness, tingling sensations caused by compression of this nerve seen in people suffering from RTS.

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What is the Recovery for Radial Tunnel Release?

The recovery time for radial tunnel release depends on how much scar tissue forms during the healing process which influences how quickly nerves heal themselves, but it may take around 4 - 6 weeks for full recovery from this procedure following which you should be able to start normal daily activities again comfortably without noticing any residual symptoms from the pre-surgery stage. Pain relief medications can also help during recovery but should never be taken without consulting with your doctor first. 

Can Physical Therapy Improve Radial Tunnel Release?

Physical therapy is an important part of post-surgery rehabilitation. It helps to minimize scar tissue, restore strength, and regain range of motion. Physical therapy can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after surgery and in some cases, there may be a period of immobilization following surgery. The right amount of activity, stretching and range of motion exercises progressed at the correct rate are key to a successful recovery.

Physical therapy can help patients recover faster by improving mobility and flexibility, easing pain, promoting healing, and ensuring any replacements or repairs made during surgery are functioning properly. It also helps to strengthen muscles and reduce pain so that patients can walk again with proper mechanics without misalignment caused by reduced muscle strength not properly conditioned throughout the recovery process.

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Why Choose Atlas Institute Peripheral Nerve Care for Your Radial Tunnel Release?

At the Atlas Institute Peripheral Nerve Care, we offer specialized care for radial tunnel release in Denver to reduce nerve pain and restore normal function. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic technology, allowing us to provide surgical and non-surgical solutions for nerve pain or dysfunction. Our experienced team of surgeons understands the symptoms associated with nerve conditions, including any potential pain, numbness, or loss of functionality. We strive to provide targeted treatments designed to solve your individual needs. We are down-to-earth and solely focused on delivering effective outcomes through tailored methods.

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