Compression neuropathies have become one of the more common chronic conditions seen by hand surgeons. It is typically the complaint of numbness in the hand, forearm, or upper arm that prompts most primary care physicians to seek consultation for their patients. The term âcarpal tunnelâ has become increasingly commonplace, especially in this new era of typing and texting, and has become the catchall term for numbness in the hand. But as we can all remember from the many hours spent in the anatomy lab dissecting the brachial plexus, there are numerous nerves with various connections and branches that travel distally from the upper arm to the fingertip, leaving various areas for injury, degeneration, and entrapment.
Nerve entrapment syndromes in the upper extremity: Michael L. Mangonon
Last date updated on June, 2014