Radial tunnel syndrome treatments
Resting, wearing an extension orthosis and prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs are part of the conservative treatment protocol. Ergonomic modifications and exercise programs may be necessary. If symptoms persist after three months, surgical decompression should be considered.
The surgery involves releasing the radial nerve through a 4 to 5 cm incision made on the posterior surface of the forearm of the elbow. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia while the patient is fully awake (WALANT anesthetic protocol). The operation takes about 30 minutes. Rehabilitation is sometimes necessary.