Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!== What's the typical presentation? == The person typically experiences pain around the thumb while tight handcuffs are in place. The pain decreases when the handcuffs are removed, but there is residual altered or decreased sensation over the edge of the hand between the base of the thumb and the wrist. It can also extend to the back of the hand below the first two fingers (forefinger and middle finger), and/or the back of the thumb and the backs of those fingers. There's a decent diagram of the typical region affected at [https://web.archive.org/web/20000525121634/http://www.ncemi.org/cse/cse0920.htm] This is a description of the most common type of handcuff nerve injury, the bruising of a nerve called the "superficial radial nerve. The reason this nerve is the one most frequently bruised is because of it's vulnerable location as it crosses along the end of the radius, the thumb-side bone in the forearm. For Medic Trivial Pursuit purposes, the first case described of a compression injury to this nerve was reported in 1922 (some guy was wearing his watch too tight). The first report of a similar injury due to tight handcuffing was described in 1978. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Medic Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://medic.wikia.org/wiki/Handcuff_injury"