Ulnar Neuropathy Treated by Neurosurgeons at Mercy

Joshua Lim MD

The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve disorders including ulnar neuropathy, a pain and tingling in the elbows or hands.

About the Condition

The ulnar nerve runs from the neck down the arm and into the hand. Ulnar neuropathy occurs when this nerve becomes compressed due to pressure on the nerve. The most common locations for the nerve to become compressed or entrapped are the elbow followed by the wrist.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of ulnar neuropathy include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Pain

Ulnar neuropathy can be diagnosed during a physical exam and by taking a medical history. Electrodiagnostic or nerve conduction studies may be conducted and MRIs may be performed to confirm the diagnosis of ulnar neuropathy.

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Treatment Options

Ulnar neuropathy often is first treated with non-surgical options such as:  

  • Splinting
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Steroid injections

Surgery becomes a treatment option when non-surgical options are not relieving ulnar neuropathy symptoms. Nerve decompression surgery may be performed when the ulnar nerve is severely compressed.