Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Neuropathy Radial Nerve Home Care

Home care for radial tunnel syndrome may include:

  • Apply cold compresses:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, 4 times a day.
  • Avoid sudden movement of the elbow.
  • Avoid repetitive movement of the elbow.
  • Splints for radial tunnel syndrome:
    • Wear the splints at night.
    • Wear the splints while working with your hands.
  • Perform exercises for radial tunnel syndrome:
    • As directed by your doctor
  • Avoid heavy lifting.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Neuropathy Radial Nerve Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with radial tunnel syndrome include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Neuropathy Radial Nerve Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have radial tunnel syndrome and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Neuropathy Radial Nerve References
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