Many different diagnoses and conditions can cause nerve pain. Nerve pain can be sharp or shooting, but it can also be defined by numbness and tingling or that “pins and needles” feeling. Also, if a nerve is irritated and it gets swollen, you may experience muscular pain from the swelling around the nerve and muscles.
Causes of Nerve Pain
Nerve pain can be caused by neuropathy related to another diagnosis, direct injury to the nerve, a nerve compression syndrome, or a number of other reasons. We’re going to go over some general tips to protect your nerves and help with nerve pain. But keep in mind these may not apply if you have a specific nerve diagnosis or injury.
Tips to help with nerve pain:
- Keep the nerve warm. Wearing appropriate layers for the weather, or adding an extra layer to the area will help.
- Watch your elbows! Leaning on your elbows or resting them on the desk at work can irritate your ulnar nerve in the elbow. Add some padding to your desk chair arms or use a fluffy towel on your desk. This also applies to the way you rest your wrists on the desk. Ensure there is sufficient padding to not irritate the nerves in your wrist.
- Watch your sleeping positions. If you are waking up with your hands numb or tingling in the morning, you could be sleeping with your nerve over-stretched. Try sleeping with your elbows and hands straight.
- Handle the swelling. If your nerve is irritated and you are experiencing swelling in a particular area, a compression garment may help. You’ll want to see your therapist to ensure an appropriate garment and fit are being used. You do not want to do even more damage to the nerve with the wrong fit or improper garment.
Have you sustained an injury between or including your shoulder and fingertips? Do you suspect that your workplace environment is causing you pain? If so, you could be a candidate for hand therapy services at LB Hand Therapy in Maryland. Visit our Where to Begin page to become a patient. And stay tuned for next week’s blog about the Ergonomic Services offered through Therapy+.
Hi I’m Laura McCarthy from LB Hand Therapy, and today we’re here to talk about nerve gliding exercises. Often times if there’s pain in your arm or tingling, it’s coming from nerves that are getting compressed. Nerves glide just like tendons and muscles, and so we want to actually want to make them glide in the extremity.
Median Nerve Exercises
The first nerve were gonna talk about is the median nerve. You want to position your neck to the left, bring your elbow up to 90 degrees, tip your wrist back, and just move your elbow in and out, very slowly. Nerve glides are done slowly, and with few repetitions, rather than like a regular muscle exercise, so that we don’t aggravate the nerve.
Ulnar Nerve Exercises
Now we’re gonna go over the ulnar nerve. You again want to tip your head to the opposite side, bring your arm up, make an okay sign with your thumb and index finger, and your gonna bend your arm in, catch it on your chin, and rotate up into the hole made by your thumb and index, and then you un-rotate. So you go up, catch it, look, and back, and that’s an ulnar nerve glide.
Radial Nerve Glides
This time we’re going to do radial nerve glides, you start again by tipping your neck, you take your wrist of the opposite hand, and bend it forward so your palm is up, and then you move the arm, with the elbow extended in a very small range of motion, and this glides the radial nerve.
Nerve glides are to be done three to five times, very low repetition because nerves tend to be a little bit temperamental, and we don’t want to over stress them. Nerves also like to be kept warm, often times we see a lot of nerve complaints when the weather turns colder, so please put your gloves and scarfs on if you go outside.
Thank you for watching this video, I hope you found it helpful. If you need further information, please check our website at lbhandtherapy.com, and again thank you for watching.