This week on Beating Neuropathy Radio, we’ll talk about Entrapment neuropathy. Entrapment neuropathy occurs when a nerve is pinched or entrapped, particularly in the arms. The most common type of entrapment neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS happens, for a number of reasons, when the median nerve in the arm is compressed. There are many non-surgical treatments for CTS.
“Double crush” happens when the median nerve is also compressed in another location in addition to the wrist. CTS surgeries are often unsuccessful because the patient, in fact, has a nerve that is pinched in multiple locations. In the majority of cases, a less invasive option is to try manual therapies, neurostimulation, laser therapy, massage, and more before considering surgery. This is also true of other entrapment neuropathies, which can also occur in the legs and feet, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome,
Sciatica may be caused by entrapment neuropathy. The piriformis muscle in the hip may entrap the sciatic nerve, causing pain, tingling, burning, and numbness down the leg.
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