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I broke my elbow three days ago. Why is my pinky finger still numb?

I broke my elbow three days ago. Why is my pinky finger still numb?

Ulnar nerve: Sensation to the small finger is supplied by the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve lies along the inside part of the elbow. Swelling, pressure or an injury to the ulnar nerve at the same time as your fracture may be responsible for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Balaram
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Broken Elbow (Definition)

A fracture of the joint between the upper arm & forearm that may include supra condylar, radial head, radial neck, olecranon, medial or lateral epicondyle, coranoid, ...Read more


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I had a broken elbow repaired May 29th which involved a plate and 10 screws. My hand and fingers are still swollen even though I am exercising ?

I had a broken elbow repaired May 29th which involved a plate and 10 screws.  My hand and fingers are still swollen even though I am exercising ?

Swelling post-op: Some swelling post operatively is normal, even after 1 month. Increased exercise may increase swelling if the exercises are too strenuous and taxing on the elbow. Be sure to be going to a Physical therapist post op who is trained in this sort of procedure and post-op care and rehabilitative services. Each person is different, so it is imperative for continuity of care you follow-up with surgeon. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain between shoulder blade and spine with severe pain radiating into left elbow along with three COMPLETELY numb fingers. PLEASE HELP?

Excruciating pain between shoulder blade and spine with severe pain radiating into left elbow along with three COMPLETELY numb fingers. PLEASE HELP?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes, and it may also be more than one condition. A pinched nerve in the spine can potentially cause those symptoms. I would not hesitate to be seen and an exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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Elbow, forearm, and finger pain. Arm cannot straighten my right arm has not been able to straighten at all for 6 months. My last three fingers get numb, my elbow stays swollen and warm to the touch. My elbow cannot bend upward. When i try it feels like th

Elbow, forearm, and finger pain. Arm cannot straighten my right arm has not been able to straighten at all for 6 months. My last three fingers get numb, my elbow stays swollen and warm to the touch. My elbow cannot bend upward. When i try it feels like th

Did : Did you get an mri? I think an MRI would be helpful to see if there is any sort of mechanical block to your extension such as a loose body (a piece of cartilage that is stuck in the joint). If your last three fingers are getting numb, this may be sign of an ulnar nerve compression. ...Read more

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I've been having numbness in my left ring an pinky finger the past 3 days. The week prior I had severe pain in the area behind my elbow. This tells me it's a pinched nerve. Is there anything I can do without going to a doctor?

I've been having numbness in my left ring an pinky finger the past 3 days. The week prior I had severe pain in the area behind my elbow. This tells me it's a pinched nerve. Is there anything I can do without going to a doctor?

You might try ..: .... an over-the-counter wrist splint. I concur with your diagnosis that some nerve compression is going on, and it may be at the elbow, but even stabilizing the ulnar nerve (suppliers of the 4th and 5th digits) at the wrist could help. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen/naproxen could reduce swelling if this is part of the problem. If it goes on a week or more, you should contact your doctor ...Read more

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Think have pinched nerve in elbow from studding at desk too long. My hand and pinky finger have been numb for 2 days. What do I do?

Think have pinched nerve in elbow from studding at desk too long. My hand and pinky finger have been numb for 2 days. What do I do?

May reverse: Avoid all leaning on elbow, and be protective. Take a daily B-100 complex. Also, try OTC ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) three times daily. If no rapid improvement over next 10-14 days, see your physician. This is likely to be temporary, but hard to predict. If starts worsening, such as more numbness, loss of hand strength, will need to act much faster. ...Read more

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L pinky, ring, 1/2 middle finger, front/back hand numb/distorted sensation and elbow itching for 4 days. What could cause this? How to remedy?

L pinky, ring, 1/2 middle finger, front/back hand numb/distorted sensation and elbow itching for 4 days. What could cause this? How to remedy?

Hand Numbness: It sounds like you may have some inflammation around the left ulnar nerve near your elbow. See your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Think hav a pinched nerve in my elbow from studding at desk too long, My hand & pinky finger hav been numb like its asleep for 2 days. What do I do?

Think hav a pinched nerve in my elbow from studding at desk too long, My hand &  pinky finger hav been numb like its asleep for 2 days. What do I do?

Generic advice: Avoid leaning on your elbow, or bumping your elbow. A B-100 complex might add some support. An anti-inflammatory such as Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen might blunt the inflammation. Minor nerve pinching could reverse within a few weeks, but deeper damage may take months. If does not depart or gets worse, may need to have an EMG test. Contact Concierge service for more help here online. ...Read more

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