muscleA pinched nerve (nerve entrapment) in or near the elbow can cause elbow pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arm, wrist, or hand. The nerve that most commonly gets pinched in or near the elbow is the ulnar nerve. It is located in the elbow area, on the little finger side when the palm is facing up. Less often, the median or the posterior interosseous nerve, a branch of the radial nerve next to the elbow area on the thumb side when the palm is facing up, may get pinched.

Examples of nerve entrapment syndromes that affect the elbow include:

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome , which involves the ulnar nerve. Repeated injury to the elbow can cause scar tissue to form over the ulnar nerve as it passes through the groove in the middle of the elbow. The scar tissue pinches the nerve, causing elbow pain and numbness and tingling that can occur down into the ring and little fingers along with a loss of strength in the fingers. This syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist.

  • Pronator teres syndrome, which involves the median nerve as it passes beneath the muscles in the forearm at the elbow. The forearm tends to ache, and pain spreads down the forearm toward the wrist, hand, and thumb area.

  • Posterior interosseous nerve syndrome, which involves compression of a branch of the radial nerve. Posterior interosseous nerve syndrome does not involve a loss of sensation, such as numbness or tingling, but may cause weakness of the wrist and fingers. This syndrome may be misdiagnosed as tennis elbow because pain is felt on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow in both of these conditions.

Treatment for these nerve entrapment syndromes includes rest, stretching, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, and occasionally surgery.

Source: Web MD

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Do you have a feeling of pins and needles, tingling and prickling, sensation of electric-like pain, burning in feet and legs, sharp, stabbing pains, muscle weakness, coordination problems, paralysis, etc.? You may have Neuropathy.

For cases in which nerve roots or the spinal cord are involved, surgical procedures may be necessary.  In these cases, Back in Action of Cerritos may be able to help treat your backpain without surgery through spinal decompression treatments.  Contact us for a free consultation.

The causes of back pain can be very complex, and there are many structures in the back that can cause pain. The following test procedures are used to test and evaluate the cause of pain: 

X-RAYS
X-rays can be very effective in diagnosing traumatic bone and joint injuries such fractures and dislocations.   An X-Ray provides images that can be used to evaluate bones, joints and degenerative lesions in the spine.

MYELOGRAM
A myelogram uses X-rays and a special dye called contrast material to make pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled space between the bones in your spine. A myelogram may be done to find problems with the spine such as a herniated disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)
An MRI is a common test to evaluate the lumbar spine.  MRI’s can be used to evaluate vertebral bones, discs, joints, nerves, and soft tissue

CAT SCAN (CT)
CT scans may be requested when problems are suspected in the bones or when a patient is unable to obtain an MRI

DISCOGRAPHY
A discography is a medical procedure that involves injecting a dye into the jellylike center of a spinal disc to help diagnose back problems. During discography, a doctor looks at the amount of pressure needed to inject the dye into the disc, whether it causes pain that is the same as your regular pain, how much dye is used, and how the dye appears on X-ray once it is inside the disc.

EMG
An electromyogram (EMG) measures how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals. If you have leg pain or numbness, you may have these tests to find out how much your nerves are being affected. These tests check how well your spinal cord, nerve roots, and nerves and muscles that control your legs are working.

BONE DENSITY
Bone mineral density (BMD) testing generally correlates with bone strength and is used to diagnose osteoporosis

BONE SCAN
A bone scan is a test to help find the cause of your back pain. It can be done to find damage to the bones. A bone scan can often find a problem days to months earlier than a regular X-ray test.