Upper extremity compression neuropathies are fairly rare in athletes. Initially, most can be managed conservatively. These conditions can follow direct contusion of the tissues that overlay these peripheral nerves or can result from vigorous, repetitive, athletic activity leading to tissue swelling and ischemia with nerve compression symptoms. A complete history and physical examination, including a neurologic examination, should be paramount when treating athletes with upper extremity injuries. Early diagnosis and treatment with conservative measures such as splinting, rest, activity modification, and medications can afford the athlete an earlier return to sports. Surgery can be employed when conservative treatment fails and a specific diagnosis has been ascertained.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation