The axillary nerve runs through three major muscles within the arm, including the deltoid, triceps, and teres minor (one of the rotator cuff muscles). When this nerve becomes compressed or damaged, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected areas, making it difficult to go about your normal daily activities. At Sports Hernia Texas, board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo works to provide an accurate diagnosis of axillary nerve compression and determine what may be the cause. He then is able to create a comprehensive treatment plan with nonsurgical and/or surgical techniques, depending on your distinct needs and concerns. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of axillary nerve compression, contact our practice in Houston, TX to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Echo.
An injury to or a strain on the axillary nerve can occur due to several factors, including:
- Overextending the shoulder
- Overuse of the muscles supplied by the nerve
- Surrounding structures placing pressure and stress on the nerve
- Blunt trauma or an injury to the shoulder
Certain individuals may be at a higher risk of experiencing issues and conditions related to the axillary nerve. Athletes and those who perform repetitive tasks can be more susceptible to nerve damage, as well as individuals with an existing bone fracture.
The symptoms associated with axillary nerve compression or damage mostly affect the muscles within the arm and shoulder. These may consist of numbness or tingling in the shoulder region, struggles with lifting heavy objects, difficulty lifting your arms over your head, and weakness in the arms and shoulders. You may also notice some muscle atrophy within your shoulders due to less use of the muscles. During your consultation with Dr. Echo, he may recommend various diagnostic tests, such as a physical exam of your symptoms, an electromyography, an x-ray, an MRI, or a CT scan to determine any underlying causes and the best course of treatment.
Treatment for axillary nerve compression will vary from patient to patient and may consist of either nonsurgical or surgical methods. In most cases, Dr. Echo will recommend nonsurgical approaches before suggesting a surgical procedure. As a part of nonsurgical treatment, he may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, certain exercises, physical therapy, or narcotic medications for those suffering from severe pain.
If nonsurgical methods prove to be ineffective, Dr. Echo may offer a surgical approach in order to repair damage to the axillary nerve or release pressure from surrounding structures.
Prior to offering any form of treatment, Dr. Echo and his team will help you understand your options and what to expect before, during, and after a procedure. During additional visits to our facility throughout your treatment, he will also assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Damage to the axillary nerve can cause significant pain and discomfort. However, Dr. Anthony Echo is able to offer you an accurate diagnosis for your axillary nerve and suggest a personalized plan for treatment. Our goal at Sports Hernia Texas in Houston is to provide you with results that will allow you to live with freedom from pain and discomfort. Contact our practice in order to learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo and his team.