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Find out about this condition, why it happens and how it can be treated.
The ulnar nerve is part of your nervous system, and it goes down your arm to into your hand. It transmits electrical signals to parts of your forearm and hands.
When you have a pinched nerve in your elbow, it can limit your motions, and create feelings of discomfort.
It is also possible for the ulnar nerve to shift out of its correct position and rub on the bone in the elbow. This can also cause injury to the nerve.
Your doctor will probably carry out an electromyography (EMG) and a nerve conduction study (NCS), so they can see how well your nerves are functioning.
Depending on your symptoms, other diagnostic tests might be used to rule out other causes of your elbow pain. These tests include an elbow X-Ray, an ultrasound or an MRI. Your doctor will explain these tests to you if they are needed.
We have an expert team on site to support your treatment, including physiotherapists, sports and exercise consultants, radiologists, neurologists and more, to make sure your recovery is as fast, effective and convenient as possible.
If you are coming to us directly (rather than via GP or insurance referral), we offer very competitively priced self-pay packages, along with payment plan options to help make private healthcare accessible and affordable for all.
There are a few different ways a trapped ulnar nerve can be treated.
Your doctor might recommend you wear an arm split, to provide stability to your elbow as it heals.
They also might suggest using painkillers such as ibuprofen to suppress your symptoms. This should reduce inflammation and pain in your elbow.
According to the National Institute of Health Research, physiotherapy services are an important way to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of musculoskeletal conditions, improving patients’ lives.
Our physiotherapists can work with you to create a programme of exercises that will help your elbow to get back to normal. Starting off gently, these physical therapies will help to build strength and restore motion to your arm.
Your physical therapist will recommend strengthening exercises for you to do several times a day. It is important to follow your exercise regime diligently to reap its benefits.
If non-surgical treatments have not been effective in treating your ulnar nerve, then your Consultant might recommend an operation.
During ulnar nerve surgery, your surgeon will make an incision at your elbow. They will then look at the ulnar nerve, and determine what is causing it to be compressed. The relevant tissue will be removed, and they might move the nerve back into a better position where it won’t be bothered by you bending your arm. The wound will then be stitched up.
If you have had surgery, then you should be able to resume most of your usual activities within four to six weeks.
Receiving care from an experienced Consultant at one of our local hospitals can help you to recover as quickly as possible. They will assess and diagnose your fracture and then discuss the treatment recommended for your specific situation.
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