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Ulnar Neuritis Information

What is Ulnar Neuritis?

Ulnar Neuritis disorder begins with a little bit of tingling in the little fingers and the sensitivity at the motor elbow when placing the elbow on arm rests in cars or on a chair. The ulnar nerve is the nerve that some people call their "funny bone" that runs behind the elbow. It runs in a tunnel which has a fibrous roof. I think that your nerve has become irritated. As a result you have pain in your ring and little fingers. You may also have some weakness in your fingers.

Symptom of Ulnar Neuritis

Symptoms of Ulnar Neuritis can get worse whereby serious nerve injury can occur at the elbow level and even damaging the nerve causing permanent paralysis.

Causes of Ulnar Neuritis

Ulnar Neuritis  at the elbow is caused by compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it runs behind the elbow joint. Fibrosis of the ulnar nerve or ulnar nerve palsy may result from osteoarthritic or rheumatoid narrowing of the ulnar groove behind the medial epicondyle of the humerus or by direct compression by rheumatoid nodules.

Treatment and Cure of Neuritis

As a treatment of Ulnar Neuritis it is recommended:

  • Avoid local repetitive trauma - consider using protective elbow pads.
  • Avoid elbow flexion in the short term (not for chronic cases).
  • Injections of LA / steroid may help either in the ulnar groove or between the two heads of flexor carpi ulnaris. Beware local nerve injury by the needle.
  • Surgery - moving the nerve out of the groove and into the front part of the elbow joint may help.

Other types of neuritis

  1. Brachial Neuritis
  2. Optical Neuritis
  3. Intercostal Neuritis
  4. Ulnar neuritis
  5. Lumbosacral neuritis
  6. Vestibular neuritis
  7. Occipital neuritis
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