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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Nervous System

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Elbow Nerve Problems [posted 10/13/98]
Question: I just completed electrode (?) testing for ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow and results show I have significant symmetrical entrapment at both elbows. The median nerves are fine. Since waiting lists for surgery in Alberta are quite lengthy, I'd like to know what I can do for this problem on my own until I do, indeed, have surgery. I have quite a bit of pain in my left arm, and I use ice, heat, contrast baths to help. Also, I am a body builder and would like to continue. Is this safe to do or am I hurting the nerve more? Are there any exercises or particular stretches that would help?

Answer: Heat to your elbows on a daily basis. Keep all the weight off your elbows at all times. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories on a daily basis.

Paralyzed and Nervous System functioning
Question: If a patient is paralyzed is his/her nervous system still functioning? If so to what extent?

Answer: Paralyzed due to spinal cord trauma or a stroke? If trauma, it depends on the level. I need more information.
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