Nerve injuries of the elbow, wrist, and hand in athletes

J. Izzi, D. Dennison, M. Noerdlinger, M. Dasilva, E. Akelman

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-217
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Izzi, J., Dennison, D., Noerdlinger, M., Dasilva, M., & Akelman, E. (2001). Nerve injuries of the elbow, wrist, and hand in athletes. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 20(1), 203-217.