What is the outlook (prognosis) after treatment for radial tunnel syndrome?

Most patients recover completely with medical treatment if they follow instructions carefully and avoid future injury to the nerve. Surgery improves symptoms for patients who did not respond to medical treatment, but some patients continue to have mild pain after surgery.

Preventing re-injury to the radial nerve is the most important goal after recovery.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/29/2015.

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