Ulnar Neuropathy

Ulnar neuropathy is characterized by injury to the ulnar nerve, the nerve that travels across the elbow from the shoulder to the hand and helps you to move your hand and wrist. Damage to the nerve slows down or stops signals being sent across the nerve. The symptoms of ulnar neuropathy include:

  • Numbness, decreased sensation or abnormal sensations in the little finger and certain regions of the ring finger
  • Loss of coordination in the fingers
  • Pain, tingling and burning sensation
  • Weakness of the hand

Possible complications related to ulnar neuropathy include hand deformity, partial or complete loss of sensation in the hand or fingers and partial or complete loss of movement in the wrist or hand. Ulnar neuropathy can be caused by an elbow fracture or dislocation, or long-term pressure on the elbow or the base of the palm.

When you present to the clinic with symptoms of ulnar neuropathy, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and may order blood tests, MRI, nerve ultrasound, nerve conduction tests, and X-rays to make a definitive diagnosis.

Treatment may involve pain medications to control and reduce pain. To help prevent further injury and relieve symptoms, your doctor may prescribe a supportive splint for the wrist or elbow. Physical therapy and occupational counseling may be suggested for maintaining muscle strength and to instruct you on changes you can make at work to relieve or prevent further pain. If symptoms get worse and if the nerve is deteriorating, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Other Nervous System

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: RACS
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Cancer Institute NSW
  • Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO)
  • Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG)
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology
  • Sydney Catalyst
  • National Biobanking Consortium for Brain Cancer (NBCBC)
  • Melanoma Institute Australia
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • Mater Hospital - Sydney