Radial nerve palsy hand therapyBy Nigel Chua
The radial nerve is one of the major nerves of the arm.
The radial nerve begins (originates) at the neck and travels through the entire length of the arm. It controls the muscles that help straighten the
It also provides sensation to the back of the hand.
When there is compression or injury to the radial nerve, the muscles supplied by this nerve may appear weakened and sensation may be affected.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RADIAL NERVE PALSY?
Weakness or inability to straighten the wrist and/or fingers are the primary symptoms of radial nerve palsy. Numbness or tingling along the back of the hand may also occur.
It can be difficult to release or let go of objects grasped by the affected hand.
WHAT CAUSES RADIAL NERVE PALSY?
Radial nerve palsy may occur as a result of upper arm fractures or direct pressure on the arm over a sustained period of time.
Direct pressure on the arm over a long period of time, such as falling asleep in a chair, can cause radial nerve palsy.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR RADIAL NERVE PALSY?
A health care practitioner may order a diagnostic test to determine the extent of nerve involvement.
Depending on the severity and the cause, either surgical or non-surgical treatment may be recommended.
WHAT CAN A HAND THERAPIST DO FOR ME?
Our senior hand therapists in Phoenix Rehab Singapore will custom fit or fabricate a splint to straighten the fingers and support the wrist. The orthosis can help with grasp and release during day-to-day activities while awaiting nerve recovery.
If surgery is required, hand therapy in Singapore will be referred to focus primarily on restoring and rehabilitating full motion and use of the hand.
Custom orthosis used to straighten the fingers and support the wrist
Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:
- cold therapy
- heat therapy
- moist heat paraffin wax therapy
- manual therapy
- joint mobilization
- ultrasound therapy
- stretching exercises
- strengthening exercises
- scar management.