Anterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome (AINS)
Testing for Median Nerve Entrapments - Stuart Hinds
Anterior interosseous nerve syndrome (AINS) is one of 3 common median nerve entrapment syndromes; the other two being pronator teres and carpal tunnel syndromes
Lesions of the anterior interosseous nerve in the forearm are rare and often misdiagnosed as tendon injuries.
Wrist pain is the most common feature of AIN lesions regardless of the aetiology; this has been reported in 85% of patients.
Nerve lesions may be due to trauma, microtraumatic injuries, or “neuritis”.
The Anterior Interosseous Nerve (AIN) is an exclusively motor branch of the median nerve.
A complete lesion causes a characteristic deformity of pinch between the thumb and index finger (see below, R is abnormal).
AIN often resolves spontaneously, but trigger point therapy may be very beneficial in reducing the duration and intensity of symptoms.
Areas of possible compression typically exist between the head of the Pronator Teres and the proximal tendon of Flexor Digitorum Superficialis.
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