Ulnar neuropathy is a condition that falls under the category of pinched nerves. It’s similar to cervical radiculopathy, which causes neck pain. In the case of ulnar neuropathy, the ulnar nerve, commonly known as the funny bone, gets compressed or trapped in your elbow. Since the condition develops slowly, you may hardly notice the tingling and numbness in your ring and small finger until it becomes a more frequent occurrence.
When you experience any form of elbow pain, it’s best to consult a joint specialist. The pain may originate from a shoulder injury or cervical sprain. The pain management doctors at New York Pain Care specialize in diagnosing all forms of pain, even when you complain of:
Dr. Amr Hosny, who leads New York Pain Care, is a spine and joint specialist who treats people with elbow problems and other pain issues. You can get a consultation and an accurate diagnosis at convenient locations, such as the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan in New York City, as well as in Englewood Cliffs, Paramus, East Brunswick, Riverdale and Cranford in New Jersey.
The ulnar nerve starts at your neck and stretches down your arm, all the way to your wrist and fingers. This makes the nerve extremely vulnerable to getting pinched somewhere along its path. In fact, it’s fairly common for the nerve to get trapped in the elbow because the passage is narrow and there are few if any soft tissues around to provide protection.
In rare cases, both of your hands are affected, meaning you need bilateral ulnar neuropathy treatment, but the condition usually strikes just one arm. Some of the reasons the ulnar nerve gets pinched and needs the ulnar neuropathy treatment include:
Dr. Hosny — a highly regarded, board-certified, Harvard-trained pain management expert — first insists you stop all activities that require you to bend your elbows. You also need to take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce any swelling you may have. He also may suggest that you wear a padded brace or splint to prevent the elbow from bending accidently.
Your doctor always beings with the most conservative, least invasive treatments. If they don’t work satisfactorily, however, there are more powerful treatments. Surgery is the last resort. Some of the non0invasive and minimally invasive ulnar neuropathy treatment options include:
Some of these treatments may come from a joint specialist, but others may come at the direction of your physical therapist. At New York Pain Care, they practice a multi-disciplinary form of medicine that delivers the best results. Contact the nearest office in Manhattan or in Bergen County, Morris County or Union County, New Jersey. Stop your elbow pain today.
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