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Nerve Conditions

When nerves in the hand, arm, or shoulder are injured, they interrupt the signal between the brain and upper extremity muscles to allow for movement, sensation and function. Nerve injuries can cause weakness, numbness, or paralysis in the affected hand or arm.

Our surgeons and physical and occupational therapists collaborate to help you regain strength, motion and function after a nerve injury.

To make an appointment, call 216-778-HAND (4263) or request an appointment online.

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Learn more about common nerve injuries treated at MetroHealth.

Brachial plexus injuries develop from compression, stretching, or tearing of the brachial plexus, a branch of nerves that travel from the neck down the arm.


  • Weakness or numbness in the arm
  • Paralysis or stiffness

Treatment Options

  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle or nerve transfer procedure for more severe injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by median nerve compression in your hand. This nerve provides sensation to much of the hand, and controls some important movements.

Pressure on the nerve may be the result of a narrow or tight carpal tunnel, and/or inflammation, which can cause swelling. Repetitive motions, like typing on a keyboard, may be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.


  • Numbness and tingling in fingers
  • Stiff and swollen fingers
  • Hand pain at night
  • Clumsy or weak hand grip

Treatment Options

  • Splinting the hand at night
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery to release the carpal tunnel

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow. Repeatedly placing pressure on the elbow by leaning or bending can cause pressure on the nerve.


  • Elbow pain and numbness
  • Tingling in fingers

Treatment Options

  • Splinting at night
  • Avoid placing pressure on elbow or forearms
  • Surgery to release compression in the nerve for more advanced cases
Broken Arm
Adult and Pediatric Surgery Options

Hand Surgery Guide