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Ulnar Neuropathy

What is Ulnar Neuropathy?

Ulnar neuropathy is a common problem. It happens when the ulnar nerve (in the arm) becomes compressed. Many people temporarily experience this when hitting their "funny bone." It causes numbness, tingling, and pain down the arm and into part of the hand.

Who gets Ulnar Neuropathy?

Anyone can get ulnar neuropathy. There can be several causes, including trauma, a tumor, or arthritis.

How is Ulnar Neuropathy diagnosed?

After taking the patient's history, a physician may perform physical tests, electrodiagnostic or nerve conduction studies, and imaging tests such as MRIs.

How is Ulnar Neuropathy treated?

Splinting can be helpful in treating ulnar neuropathy. If the problem comes from an improper posture or repetitive motion, those postures and motions should be avoided. Anti-inflammatory drugs can be helpful as well. Surgery is sometimes necessary.

More information on Ulnar Neuropathy

Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
American Chronic Pain Association