Superficial Radial Nerve Entrapment

  • Andrea M. TrescotEmail author
  • Helen W. Karl


Superficial radial neuralgia is an under-recognized cause of radial wrist and thumb pain. It is misdiagnosed as wrist tendonitis, DJD of the thumb, carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, and cervical radiculopathy. Careful attention to the presentation and physical exam will reveal the etiology, which will lead to a variety of treatment options.


Superficial radial neuralgia Wrist pain Cheiralgia paresthetica Wartenberg’s syndrome 

Supplementary material

Video 36.1

Physical exam of the distal radial nerve (MOV 38844 kb)

Video 36.2

Landmark-guided injection of the distal radial nerve (MOV 21725 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pain and Headache CenterAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of Washington, Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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