A 29-year-old male asked:
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what is the difference between an arm compression sleeve and arm/elbow pad? which would be better for ulnar nerve issues?

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Dr. Mahan Chehrenama
Specializes in Neurology
Elbow Pad: Compression sleeve is generally not the right way to treat an ulnar nerve compression within the elbow groove. The ulnar nerve is already compressed and no added compression is needed. In fact the elbow pad is to prevent further compression and to remind you to avoid leaning on your elbow to allow for healing of the nerve compression. The elbow pad is generally not tight either.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Dislike both: If the ulnar nerve is compressed at elbow, using a sleeve to keep increased pinching on flexion from occurring, may result in elbow stiffness, and unlikely nerve benefit. The elbow pad most often fits poorly and is uncomfortable. Prefer local injection or even nerve transfer.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017

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