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Therapeutic Exercise Program for Radial Tunnel Syndrome

To ensure that this exercise program is safe and effective for you, it should be performed under your doctor's supervision. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about which exercises will best help you meet your rehabilitation goals.

Radial tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by pressure on the radial nerve — one of the three main nerves in your arm. The most common place for compression of the radial nerve is at the elbow where the nerve enters a tight tunnel made by muscle, bone, and tendon.

Specific exercises to help the radial nerve slide through the tunnel at the elbow can help improve symptoms. Stretching and strengthening the muscles of the forearm can also help to relieve pain and tenderness. Following a well-structured exercise program will help you return to daily activities, as well as sports and other recreational pastimes.

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Last Reviewed

December 2018

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