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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

Ulnar Nerve: Are you referring to cubital tunnel syndrome where compression of your ulnar nerve is causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness into the hand? Usually this can be treated by decreasing the amount of time you are in a flexed elbow position at work, in a car, and during sleep. A small knee pain on your elbow with the pad in the front will help you keep your arm straight at night. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Every night I fall asleep I wake up with a tingling sensation in the ulnar nerve distrubtion of my hand. Is nerve gliding a good tx approach?

Every night I fall asleep I wake up with a tingling sensation in the ulnar nerve distrubtion of my hand. Is nerve gliding a good tx approach?

Possibly a first try: Nerve gliding is unlikely to make your symptoms worse, and many people find that it is helpful, especially when combined with antiinflammatories and avoidance of pressure on the elbow. If symptoms persist, a nerve block can be helpful, as can wearing cushioned pads while asleep to prevent pressure and excessive flexion at the elbows. Surgical decompression is sometimes required if all else fails. ...Read more

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What is the best exercise if you have ulnar nerve subluxation?

What is the best exercise if you have ulnar nerve subluxation?

Ulnar Subluxation: Exercises that avoid repetitive flexion and extension of the elbow is the most beneficial. Examples could be bike riding. ...Read more

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Can exercise decrease ulnar nerve pain and stiffness?

Can exercise decrease ulnar nerve pain and stiffness?

Neuralgia: Ulnar pain is usually do to entrapment of a nerve, exercise usually would not help. I would recommend you see a neurologist or neurosurgeon for further workup to see if this might be a surgical lesions or if it can be treated medically. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is your ulnar nerve the same thing as the ucl?

Please tell me, is your ulnar nerve the same thing as the ucl?

No: Ulnar Nerve is a nerve and the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL or internal lateral ligament) is a thick triangular band at the medial aspect of the elbow uniting the distal aspect of the humerus to the proximal aspect of the ulna. ...Read more

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Should i go to the e.R if my ulnar nerve is hurting bad?

Should i go to the e.R if my ulnar nerve is hurting bad?

WHY ER?: The er is specifically designed to triage and handle emergencies. You possess an elective condition, and should see your doctor. The er will make you wait, cause need for numerous exams, likely provide you a narcotic which may be of limited value, and charge you a large sum of money to refer you back to your original doctor. ...Read more

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Need to know is your ulnar nerve the same thing as the ucl?

Need to know is your ulnar nerve the same thing as the ucl?

Ulnar nerve: I believe the "ucl" you are referring to is a ligament and not a nerve so if that is the case they are not the same. ...Read more

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What effects do you get when you hit of cut on the ulnar nerve in the elbow?

What effects do you get when you hit of cut on the ulnar nerve in the elbow?

'funny bone': Hitting the elbow in the spot between the boney prominences (the 'ulnar groove') sets off the ulnar nerve (like a 'short circuit) momentarily and may cause a tingling/electric feeling into the 4th and 5th fingers and the outer part of the hand on that side. ...Read more

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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

Ulnar Nerve: Are you referring to cubital tunnel syndrome where compression of your ulnar nerve is causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness into the hand? Usually this can be treated by decreasing the amount of time you are in a flexed elbow position at work, in a car, and during sleep. A small knee pain on your elbow with the pad in the front will help you keep your arm straight at night. ...Read more

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What are the causes of damage to the ulnar nerve from surgery?

What are the causes of damage to the ulnar nerve from surgery?

Often compression: During surgery, the arms and legs must be arranged in a fashion to prevent compression of the nerves. Since anesthetics are used during surgery, the arms and the legs can compress themselves if the surgery is a decent length. When nerves are compressed, numbness and weakness may follow. Stretching also may occur during surgery, this may also result in mild damage. ...Read more

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Exercise (Definition)

Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more