Handcuff Pressure and Risk of Superficial Radial Nerve Injury

Category: Publication

Publication: Journal of Forensic Biomechanics, Vol. 13 Iss. 6 No: 1000410

Authors: Geoffrey T. Desmoulin, Olivia Hetland, Benjamin W. Hollins, Theodore E. Milner

Summary: Neuropathy of the superficial radial nerve can occur when the nerve is compressed during procedures involving fastening of handcuffs around the wrists.

We hypothesized that the pressure applied to the superficial radial nerve by tightened handcuffs could readily exceed nerve injury thresholds. To test our hypothesis, we created a physical model of the wrist and superficial radial nerve which allowed us to measure the pressure applied by tightened handcuffs.