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Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist

What is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist?

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the wrist, which is often referred simply as a pinched nerve of the wrist, is a common orthopaedic condition, especially in people who work with their hands. Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that causes the ulnar nerve to be compressed or pinched at the wrist, which results in numbness, decreased wrist and hand function and other symptoms. As the condition progresses, the nerve becomes more compressed and symptoms increase. Once the nerve is completely compressed it may be difficult to use the wrist and hand without experiencing severe symptoms. 

If you have Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome common symptoms can include:

  • Wrist and hand weakness and numbness
  • Numbness in the little finger
  • Difficulty using the hand to perform normal day-to-day functions like opening jars, typing, and writing 

Symptoms may range from very mild to severe but treating Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome in its early stages can prevent symptoms from getting worse and even cure the condition. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome live active lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.

How is Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist Treated at OSS Health ?

Although a pinched nerve cannot be released without surgery, there are many non-surgical treatment options at OSS Health that can prevent the condition from becoming worse as well as relieve symptoms of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome.

These treatments may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:

  • Bracing
  • Immobilization
  • Rest and ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Injections

Surgery is only recommended if Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Hand and Wrist Specialists at OSS Health are experts at performing Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome surgeries. 

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