This time of year is party season! Who doesn’t have a Christmas party, ugly sweater party, New Year’s celebration? All the more reason to be aware of an interesting condition called Saturday night palsy (also known as honeymooner’s palsy, or radial nerve compression). So what’s the connection with partying and radial nerve compression? This condition is often caused by laying in a chair during a deep sleep (after intoxication) causing compression of the radial nerve. It can also be caused by having someone lay on your arm long enough to compress the radial nerve, hence the other name, “honeymooner’s palsy” (UptoDate, 2018). It can cause symptoms like numbness and tingling in the distal extremities, trouble straightening distal portions of the affected arm, and even wrist or finger drop where one is completely unable to move the distal extremity (Barrett & Church, 2018). Diagnosis can include imaging, like an MRI or nerve testing, but will likely be made by medical examination. If you think that you have this condition or are having symptoms like these you should be examined by a medical provider. Treatment for this condition can include anywhere from physical therapy, splinting, and pain management to surgical intervention. So have fun! Eat, Drink, and be Merry! Then come and see Dr. Carfagno at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute for all of your post-Holiday party ailments.
Barnett, R., & Church, A. (2018). Radial Nerve Palsy. Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine, 3(2).
UptoDate. (2018). Retrieved December 10, 2018, from https://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-upper-extremity-peripheral... night palsy&source=search_result&selectedTitle=2~3&usage_type=default&display_rank=2