Ulnar neuropathy is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve, which can occur either at the wrist or the elbow.
Ulnar neuropathy may cause hand weakness, numbness, or tingling in the pinky finger and half of the ring finger. Patients may also notice wasting of the hand muscles, as well as difficulty performing tasks such as handwriting or tasks that require gripping objects.
For mild to moderate cases, conservative treatment may be effective. This may include avoiding positions that make symptoms worse, such as leaning on your elbows or activities that cause repetitive or excessive bending of the elbow. An elbow pad may help some patients.
If symptoms are severe or worsening, Dr. Amin may recommend surgery to relieve ulnar neuropathy. Surgery most commonly involves an incision on the inner side of the elbow to relieve compression of the ulnar nerve. Patients are discharged home the same day of surgery.