Ulnar Deviation

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Ulnar Deviation

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What is Ulnar Deviation?

Ulnar deviation is a hand condition caused by swelling of the knuckle bones, or metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints. It can happen to one or both hands. The swelling causes your fingers to bend abnormally toward your little finger, but it’s not painful. Ulnar deviation is also known as ulnar drift.

The condition usually develops over time as a result of repetitive stress on the hand. If you have an ulnar deviation, you may feel pain in your hand when you grip objects like a ball or hammer.

What is Ulnar Deviation of the hand?

Ulnar deviation of the hand is a condition where the hand turns inwards towards the little finger. It can also be described as having an ulnar clawing hand.

In more severe cases, it may cause pain and stiffness in the wrist, forearm and hand.

This condition is commonly caused by repetitive use of an unergonomic workstation or using a computer mouse for long periods of time without taking breaks.

What are the causes of Ulnar Deviation?

Ulnar deviation has a variety of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause swelling and pain in your fingers and wrists, making it hard to grip things or use your hands
  • Windblown hand syndrome, which makes you more likely to accidentally turn your hand sideways when you’re trying to do something like hold onto a steering wheel or grip a golf club
  • Jaccoud’s arthropathy, which is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve in your elbow (it’s also called cubital tunnel syndrome)

What are the symptoms of Ulnar Deviation?

Here are some of the most common:

  • Pain in the joints and tendons can be a sign that you’re dealing with ulnar deviation. The pain will be more intense when you flex your hand and fingers, or even make a fist in certain cases.
  • Pain or tenderness around your wrist, hand, and finger joints, especially when you move or flex your fingers: Ulnar deviation causes pain in the muscles and tendons surrounding your wrist and fingers. When you try to flex your fingers, the discomfort will be more evident.
  • You might find it hard to bend your fingers at all or make a fist especially if it feels like something is holding them back from bending or moving normally.
  • When there’s abnormal heat in the area, it will cause tension in the muscles that surround your wrists and fingers. The tension becomes more apparent when you attempt to move those fingers around or make a fist.

What are the risk factors for Ulnar Deviation?

Ulnar deviation is also more likely if:

  • You’ve had an infection in your arm or hand
  • You’ve had a physical injury to your arm or hand
  • You’ve experienced a stressful or emotional trauma
  • You’ve been exposed to environmental toxins

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Ulnar Deviation?

The exercises for ulnar deviation are wrist ulnar deviation stretch (adduction), and resisted wrist ulnar deviation.

Wrist Ulnar Deviation Stretch (Adduction)

The first exercise for ulnar deviation is the wrist ulnar deviation stretch (adduction). To do this exercise, you will need a resistance band, a medicine ball or weight plate.

First, sit down and place your forearm on your leg with the palm facing up. Wrap the resistance band around the wrist and hold it with your other hand. Bend your elbow slightly so that it’s at 90 degrees. Then pull the resistance band towards you until you feel a stretch on your forearm. Hold this position for 20 seconds then relax. Repeat 5 times each day as needed to relieve pain in your arm and hand at night time when sleeping.

Resisted Wrist Ulnar Deviation

The second exercise is called resisted wrist ulnar deviation where you are using a resistance band or dumbbells to resist against as you move your forearm inwards towards yourself (towards any direction). This exercise should be done 3 times per day for 5 repetitions each time for about 20 seconds at a time each set before resting for 30 seconds between sets so that you can rest properly between sets as well without getting exhausted too quickly which could lead towards injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the treatments for Ulnar Deviation?

If you’re experiencing Ulnar Deviation, there are a few treatments that may help.

  • Applying ice to your joints can help reduce pain and swelling. This is especially effective if you do it right after an injury.
  • Using a night time splint while sleeping can help keep your wrist and hand in proper alignment while you sleep so that you don’t wake up feeling stiff or sore in the morning.
  • An exercise program that focuses on strengthening and stretching the muscles in your upper arm and forearm can help treat ulnar deviation.

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What brace is used for Ulnar Deviation?

The ulnar deviation splint helps maintain neutral alignment of your metacarpophalangeal (MP or MCP) joints, which are the knuckles at the base of your fingers. It’s made to help realign your hand after it’s been broken or injured.

The brace is made from a hard plastic shell that wraps around your palm and fingers, with a soft inner lining that provides padding for comfort. The brace comes in a variety of sizes so you can find one that fits perfectly.

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