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Nerve Entrapment

Nerve entrapment neuropathy causes pain, loss of function or both. It can happen to your motor nerves (nerves that control movement) or sensory nerves (nerves that control sensation). Nerve entrapment is caused by chronic (long lasting) pressure on your peripheral nerves. This is called chronic nerve compression.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, compression of the median nerve at your wrist, is the most common nerve entrapment neuropathy. Cubital tunnel syndrome is the second most common type. It is caused by nerve compression at your elbow.

Other rare nerve entrapment syndromes involve the suprascapular nerve (nerve found in your upper trunk)  and compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve in your groin.