Directory of Diseases

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Radial Head Fracture (Elbow Fracture)

Common injuries and most often occur when the patient falls and lands on an outstretched hand. Sometimes the first X-ray does not show the fracture but will show fluid in the joint from bleeding. The majority of patients heal completely in 3-4 weeks with immobilization (splint or sling). If you have significant pain in the elbow after falling and you have a lot of pain when you try to turn your wrist, then you may have a Radial Head Fracture.

Radial Tunnel Syndrome

This is a condition where the nerve that runs through the elbow and to the had becomes compressed at the elbow. Although it is hard to distinguish it from tennis elbow, it is different in that it often causes numbness or tingling to the forearm and hand. A specialist can make appropriate treatment recommendations for radial tunnel syndrome.

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy or "pinched nerve" is a condition in which the root of a nerve that exits the spinal column is being pinched by either a herniated disc or narrowing of its exit canal. This squeezing of the nerve causes it not to function properly. It may cause shooting pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness. Symptoms are similar to when on sits the wrong way and causes the foot to "fall asleep". Both are the result of nerve compression, but in the case of the foot one can change the position to relieve the compression of the nerve. This is not the case in radiculopathy, because the compression is either from a herniated disc, a fracture, a hematoma, spinal stenosis, or from an abnormal fluid collection.