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    Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

    What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome?

    Ulnar NerveUlnar tunnel syndrome is similar to the well-known carpal tunnel syndrome. The difference is the nerve that is affected. The ulnar nerve starts where your neck and shoulder meet. It runs through the elbow to the outer edge of the hand. It travels through Guyon’s canal at your wrist. Additionally, it also passes through the carpal tunnel in your hand.

    The ulnar nerve provides feeling and function to your hand. This condition is marked by pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand. It is unpleasant, however, but treatment can improve the situation.

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      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.

      Common Causes

      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.

      South Florida Hand Center has become the preferred orthopedic practice for the treatment of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome in Broward and Palm Beach. Call us 24/7 at 888-409-8006 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.

      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.

      Treatment of the Condition

      Treatment will depend on the cause. Wrist positioning can be corrected by more frequent movement and padding. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications. Doctors will provide a splint or brace to support the wrist. It’s also common to need occupational therapy. This is designed to strengthen ligaments and tendons. The result will then be a stronger and straighter wrist.

      Ulnar Tunnel Surgery

      In some circumstances, surgery may be required. This is usually the case after injury or trauma. Surgery is done to remove pressure from the ulnar nerve. After surgery, you need to complete occupational therapy. This will help you get wrist and hand function back to normal.

      If you suspect ulnar tunnel syndrome, call us at 888-409-8006. Our practice has 4 locations thoughout South Florida and offers top hand/ wirst specialists.

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