Nerve Entrapment is a condition in which the nerve passing through confined spaces are pressed upon. Radiculopathy is a term used to describe a nerve not functioning properly. The Nerve entrapment manifests with pain of the nerves or with a loss of function in the muscles they innervate (supply). There are several types of nerve entrapment syndrome, commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome.
Nerve Entrapment are generally caused by repetitive stress and/or activities.
Radiculopathy is any disease of spinal roots and spinal nerves. Radiculopathy is characterized by pain that seems to radiate from the spine and extending outward to cause symptoms away from the source of spinal nerve root irritation. The result can be pain or radiating pain, numbness or difficulty controlling specific muscles.
There are several types of radiculopathy such as lumbar radiculopathy (may refer pain as sciatica), cervical radiculopathy, thoracic radiculopathy and piriformis syndrome.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that involves the compression of the brachial plexus (the nerves of the neck/shoulder) and the accompanying artery between muscles of the neck, close to the shoulder or clavicle. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can present and overlap other conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Treatment would focus on removing or reducing the compression of the affected nerve. By reducing or removing the compression of the nerve the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome such as pain, sensory reception and muscle control should all improve. Reduced pain, improved sensory reception and improved muscle control are a result. Exercises to strengthen postural muscles and education regarding positioning which may have affected the condition.
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