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What causes numbness and immobilisation of wrist?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: About four days ago I was sitting in my truck and slept on my wrist, sleeptime four hours.... Now I can't move my wrist or my fingers up.. My wrist is numb and through my upper arm as well, I have a bowlers glove on to support the wrist in neutral position, and have been pulling fingers up and down as part of physical therapy. I mainly work with my hands as a big part of my life is gone without use of one, now I'm worried my wrist will not recover?
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Answered by Dr. Lohit K (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
needs evaluation.immobilisation normal position

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I went through the query and understood your concern.

Does this numbness and immobilisation started on the same day after you slept on the wrist or started now. If it started on the same day the chance of nerve compression or decreased blood supply for 4 hours to specific part of nerve and hence damage may be present.

Based on your explanation the median nerve might have been injured or compressed and hence you are facing this problem.

You need to get evaluated for the cause. Need xray of wrist and nerve conduction test. This will help in right diagnosis. Compression to the nerve will recover faster compared to any tear and if any injury the earlier the treatment the better is the result.

So for now keep wrist in immobilisation position and consult your doctor for evaluation.

Hope this information helps you. Feel free to ask for any further queries. I will be glad to answer them.

Regards
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What causes numbness and immobilisation of wrist?

Brief Answer: needs evaluation.immobilisation normal position Detailed Answer: Hi, I went through the query and understood your concern. Does this numbness and immobilisation started on the same day after you slept on the wrist or started now. If it started on the same day the chance of nerve compression or decreased blood supply for 4 hours to specific part of nerve and hence damage may be present. Based on your explanation the median nerve might have been injured or compressed and hence you are facing this problem. You need to get evaluated for the cause. Need xray of wrist and nerve conduction test. This will help in right diagnosis. Compression to the nerve will recover faster compared to any tear and if any injury the earlier the treatment the better is the result. So for now keep wrist in immobilisation position and consult your doctor for evaluation. Hope this information helps you. Feel free to ask for any further queries. I will be glad to answer them. Regards