Your peripheral nervous system is a complex group of nerves that connect your brain to your spinal cord, ferrying motor and sensory messages between the two that allow you to move, sense, and orient your body. In spite of their importance, these nerves are not particularly strong, and can be damaged easily -- especially in the hands and wrists, which are prone to overuse.
An expert in nerve decompression surgery, Alexander Spiess, MD is one of the most experienced, qualified, and skilled upper extremity specialists in the Pittsburgh region. Dr. Spiess has spent his entire career providing effective, lasting treatment for nerve decompressions and other forms of nerve damage. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Spiess offers his patients thorough, compassionate care that is focused on helping them return to full functionality and find relief from debilitating pain.
If you’re ready to experience the best care available for your peripheral nerve compression, don’t hesitate to begin. Reach out to Dr. Spiess’s office and schedule your first consultation today.
Another common type of nerve decompression, known as radial tunnel syndrome, affects the top of your forearm and can cause pain through the entire area, even stretching into your hand. Like cubital and carpal tunnel syndromes, radial tunnel syndrome is the result of pressure being placed on a nerve -- in this case, the radial nerve -- by swollen tissues in the area. Radial tunnel syndrome can also cause weakness in your tricep, whose movement is controlled by the radial nerve.
Like carpal tunnel syndrome, surgical correction of radial tunnel syndrome will revolve around decompressing the affected nerve. During this procedure, Dr. Spiess will make small incisions in your arm close to your elbow, allowing him to open the area of the radial tunnel and alleviate the pressure on your radial nerve.
If it’s allowed to progress, radial tunnel syndrome can become severe, resulting in significant pain, numbness, and weakness of muscles that you commonly use to complete even the most basic daily tasks. If you’re struggling with pain in this area, don’t wait to reach out to Dr. Spiess for an initial consultation and diagnosis.
Common symptoms of a compressed or “pinched” nerve include severe, lasting pain, numbness, or muscular weakness in the affected area. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, see Dr. Spiess as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.
Every body is different, and your recovery time will be based on your individual goals, needs, and circumstances. When you become a patient of Dr. Spiess, he will walk through your treatment timeline with you and help you to develop a recovery plan that works for you.