Who is at risk for developing radial tunnel syndrome?

Risk factors for developing radial tunnel syndrome include:

  • Sports or jobs that require a constant wrist twisting motion
  • Poor physical arm and wrist strength and flexibility
  • Lack of adequate warm-up time before playing sports
  • Diabetes
  • Underactive thyroid gland
  • Tumors or ganglion cysts (mass or lump) in the arm that cause pressure on the nerve
  • Swelling or fluid in the arm that squeezes the nerve
  • Inflammation of the radial nerve
  • A hard blow to the forearm

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

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