Bilateral Radial Nerve Crutch Palsy-A Rare Case Report

  • Muhammad Amin Cheema Department of Orthopaedics, Millat Orthopaedic Hospital, 108-Stadium Road, Sargodha
  • Usman Saeed Bajwa Department of Orthopaedics, Millat Orthopaedic Hospital, 108-Stadium Road, Sargodha
  • Haider Amin Cheema Department of Orthopaedics, Millat Orthopaedic Hospital, 108-Stadium Road, Sargodha


We present a rare case report of bilateral radial nerve palsy in a man with tibia fracture who used axillary crutches for mobility. Upon diagnosis axillary crutches were discontinued, fracture stabilized with nail and elbow supports given immediately, followed by physical and occupational therapy. 12 weeks after his first presentation, radial nerve function was fully recovered bilaterally. Radial nerve function loss due to improper use of crutches requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to have early and full recovery. Demonstration of proper use of crutches and proper fitting can prevent its complications. Patients should be well informed in unequivocal terms not to put weight on axillary bars directly. We report a case of an uncommon entity of both sides wrist drops in a patient of tibia fracture who was using axillary crutches for mobility.


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How to Cite
CHEEMA, Muhammad Amin; BAJWA, Usman Saeed; AMIN CHEEMA, Haider. Bilateral Radial Nerve Crutch Palsy-A Rare Case Report. Journal of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association, [S.l.], v. 31, n. 02, p. 71-73, sep. 2019. ISSN 2076-8966. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 nov. 2019.

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