alexa Management of radial nerve palsy following fractures of the humerus.
Physicaltherapy & Rehabilitation

Physicaltherapy & Rehabilitation

International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Author(s): Niver GE

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Radial nerve palsy is the most common peripheral nerve injury following a humerus fracture, occurring in 2% to 17% of cases. Radial nerve palsies associated with closed humerus fractures have traditionally been treated with observation, with late exploration restricted to cases without spontaneous nerve recovery at 3 to 6 months. Advocates for early exploration believe that late exploration can result in increased muscular atrophy, motor endplate loss, compromised nerve recovery upon delayed repair, and significant interval loss of patient function and livelihood. In contrast, early exploration can hasten nerve injury characterization and repair, and facilitate early fracture stabilization and rehabilitation.

This article was published in Orthop Clin North Am and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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