Entrapment of the Medial Branch of the Superior Cluneal Nerve

Simon Speed, Kevin Sims, Patrick Weinrauch

Abstract


Cricket fast bowlers have a high incidence of injury and are prone to back problems that can become debilitating and foreshorten their careers. We present a case of superior cluneal nerve (SCN) entrapment neuropathy as a previously unrecognized etiology of lower back pain in a professional cricket fast bowler, often misdiagnosed as a lumbar spine disorder. We believe that the SCN may be susceptible to compression related to repetitive contraction of the back musculature, in particular the Thoraco-lumbar erector spinae (TLES) and Latissimus dorsi which contribute to a fibro-osseous tunnel through which the SCN runs. The problem can be readily treated with surgical decompression and patients can expect a return to near full function. Clinicians should be aware of this diagnosis when investigating athletes for chronic lower back pain.




J Med Cases. 2011;2(3):101-103
doi: https://doi.org/10.4021/jmc167w


Keywords


Superior cluneal nerve entrapment; Chronic lower back pain; Iliac crest pain; Cricket fast bowlers

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