Ulnar Neuritis

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Ulnar Neuritis

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What is Ulnar Neuritis?

Ulnar Neuritis is a nerve condition that affects the ulnar nerve, which runs from your elbow to your ring finger.

The ulnar nerve controls sensation in your hand and helps you bend and straighten your pinky and ring fingers. It also helps you make a fist, but it has no role in extending or flexing the middle or index fingers.

You can get ulnar neuritis from an injury to your elbow or wrist, but it’s more common in people who use their hands and arms frequently—for example, musicians, athletes, carpenters, plumbers, and mechanics. It can also happen if you have diabetes.

What Are The Types Of Ulnar Neuritis?

There are two main types of ulnar neuritis:

  • Ulnar nerve compression is the most common type of ulnar nerve injury and can be caused by several factors, including trauma to the elbow, overuse or repetitive motion injuries, and even occupational hazards (for example, working with machinery or tools).
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common cause of ulnar nerve damage that affects the hand and wrist area. This condition occurs when there is inflammation in the tissues around the nerve itself—the carpal tunnel—which is caused by repetitive movements like typing or using tools for long periods of time.

What Are The Causes Of Ulnar Neuritis?

The causes of ulnar neuritis include:

  • A strained or sprained wrist
  • Repetitive movements like typing or texting
  • A bone spur on the end of the ulnar bone in your wrist (also known as osteophyte)
  • Other conditions that can cause inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or pseudogout

What Are The Symptoms Of Ulnar Neuritis?

The symptoms of ulnar neuritis include:

  • Pain in the elbow or forearm on the side of the damaged nerve
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hand
  • Decreased sensation on the palm side of your hand
  • Numbness or tingling in your fingers, especially those closest to your palm

What Are The Risk Factors For Ulnar Neuritis?

The risk factors for Ulnar Neuritis include a history of repetitive injury to the elbow, such as from playing a sport like tennis or baseball. People who work with their hands, such as carpenters and painters, are also at risk for developing ulnar neuritis.

Another possible risk factor is having a family history of the condition. This means that if your parents or grandparents have been diagnosed with ulnar neuritis, there’s an increased chance that you will develop it as well.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Ulnar Neuritis?

To help prevent this condition, you should perform exercises that strengthen the muscles that support your forearm and wrist. You can also do stretches to help ease tension in those areas.

Wrist Curls

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing forward and elbows at your sides. Keeping your arms straight, slowly curl your wrists upward until they’re fully extended above shoulder height (make sure to keep them straight throughout). Hold for 5 seconds before lowering back down again; repeat 10 times for 3 sets daily.

Wrist rotations

Rotate both wrists clockwise and counterclockwise as much as possible. Do this 10 times each way.

Finger stretches

Stretch each finger by pointing it toward your head and holding it there for 5 seconds. Repeat with all fingers.

What are the treatments for Ulnar Neuritis?

To treat Ulnar Neuritis, you can try the following:

  • Rest your arm and hand by avoiding activities that cause pain or discomfort.
  • Apply ice packs to the area where you are experiencing pain several times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or aspirin to help reduce swelling and pain in your elbow and wrist. You may also take prescription medications such as corticosteroids or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Massage your fingers and hands regularly to relieve tension in your muscles and prevent them from becoming stiff or painful from disuse due to Ulnar Neuropathy.

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What brace is used for Ulnar Neuritis?

For Ulnar Neuritis, we recommend a Cubital Tunnel Elbow Splint. This brace is designed to help relieve pain and swelling in your elbow, which can be caused by ulnar nerve compression.

The Cubital Tunnel Elbow Splint helps to stabilize your elbow joint and reduce inflammation, so it’s a great option for people who are suffering from ulnar nerve issues!

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