Chiropractic Management of a Patient With Radial Nerve Entrapment Symptoms: A Case Study
J Chiropr Med.2019 Dec;18(4):327-334.
Justin Jefferson-Falardeau, Sébastien Houle
Objective: This report describes the case of a patient with chronic radial nerve entrapment symptoms managed with chiropractic care. We propose a complementary functional neurologic assessment of muscle function in different positions that could reveal muscle dysfunctions absent with standard test position. Clinical features: A 45-year-old man presented to a private chiropractic clinic with a throbbing pain 5 cm above the right lateral elbow epicondyle radiating onto the back of the lower arm and increasing after using a mouse when working on a computer. A Mill test and a Cozen test created pain near the lateral epicondylitis. The use of complementary functional neurologic assessment for radial nerve entrapment showed changes in manual muscle testing after tests were done in different positions to increase the compression on the nerve. Intervention and outcome: Chiropractic management was performed, including myofascial therapy, spinal and proximal radioulnar joint adjustments, neural mobilization, and the use of a splint. After 7 days (2 treatments), the patient showed no elbow pain even if he worked on his computer using a mouse. After a 2-year follow-up, no recurrence was reported. Conclusion: In this case of radial nerve entrapment symptoms, the patient benefited from chiropractic management using standard chiropractic, applied kinesiology, and neural mobilization techniques. The complementary functional neurologic assessment of radial nerve entrapment proposed revealed muscles dysfunctions absent with the standard test position. These changes in manual muscle testing were useful to determine the possible sites of entrapment in order to direct the therapeutic efforts to these locations.