Ulnar Tunnel Signs & Symptoms
Pain, numbness, and loss of function can occur. In early stages though, you can notice tingling in the hand. This will specifically be along the side by the pinky finger. Furthermore, patients often complain of waking up with a numb hand.
Pain may not appear right away. However, it may be difficult to perform certain tasks. Opening jars and holding things can be a challenge. These complex tasks can get more difficult. The wrist will begin to help.
Our team of orthopedic surgeons are experts in the treatment of ulnar tunnel syndrome. Whether you have just begun to experience symptoms or have been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can count on us for an effective treatment. You can visit any of our offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation and Fort Lauderdale.
A non cancerous growth called a ganglion cyst is a common cause. Twisting the joint a lot and repetitive motions are to blame. The pressure created causes formation of the cyst. Working with your hand bent down and out is also a cause.
Wrist injuries and arthritis can also cause this condition. Weightlifters and cyclists commonly get ulnar tunnel syndrome. Constant grip pressure also triggers cyst growth. Additionally, sports like golf and baseball increase risk. A broken hamate bone in the wrist will bring it on.
Diagnosing Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome
Your medical history and symptoms are used to diagnose the condition. Your doctor also needs to look for areas that tingle, dryness, and weak muscles. Most symptoms appear in the hand. However, you may experience pain in the elbow. A doctor will need to confirm that a nerve is not trapped here. Because this presents the same symptoms.
An injury to your wrist or trauma warrants a check. X-rays and scans are done of the joint after an injury. Bone fragments pressing against nerves can cause this condition too. This is less common but it needs to be ruled out by the doctor.