What Is Ulnar Nerve Neuritis?
Ulnar Nerve Neuritis also known as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Ulnar nerve neuritis begins with a little bit of tingling in the little and ring fingers especially when placing the elbow on arm rests in cars or on a chair.
What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?
- Sense of numbness, tingling or radiating discomfort down the ulnar side (inside aspect) of the forearm or into the little and ring fingers
- Occasional pain, discomfort or aching within the area of the cubital tunnel itself
- Sense of hand weakness or clumsiness
- Loss of normal sense of finger dexterity, grip strength and control
- Compromised athletic performance (decreased throwing or serving velocity or accuracy, decreased weight-lifting ability)
What Are The Causes?
Ulnar nerve neuritis is caused by compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it runs behind the elbow joint. Fibrosis of the ulnar nerve may result from osteoarthritic or rheumatoid narrowing of the ulnar groove behind the medial epicondyle of the humerus or by direct compression by rheumatoid nodules.
What Are The Treatments?
Treatments include avoiding local repetitive trauma and elbow flexion, injections and occasionally surgery which involves moving the nerve out of the groove and into the front part of the elbow joint for the more severe cases.
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