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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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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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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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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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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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I had golfers elbow six yrs ago, + possible issues with ulnar nerve too, it hurts to type. I am still not 100% ok but much better, is it life long issue?

I had golfers elbow six yrs ago, + possible issues with ulnar nerve too, it hurts to type. I am still not 100% ok but much better, is it life long issue?

See orthopedic: You may have experienced an extensor tendinitis, and if symptoms are continuing, you need to get this re-evaluated. An EMG test can determine if a nerve at elbow or wrist is involved, but the tendon/joint issues need also an assessment. A simple local injection, or a rehab program could suffice. See an orthopedic surgeon, and get some help. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray or MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist after 6 weeks
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How are golfer's elbow and ulnar nerve problem differentiate?

How are golfer's elbow and ulnar nerve problem differentiate?

Tendon vs. nerve: Golfer's elbow is due to the muscle tendon. Pain starts at the medial epicondyle and spreads down the forearm. Wrist bending, forearm twisting, & object grasping worsens the pain. Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched ulnar nerve as it crosses the elbow on its way to the hand. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000789.htm ...Read more

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How can I know if I broke my elbow or seriously damaged my ulnar nerve?

How can I know if I broke my elbow or seriously damaged my ulnar nerve?

XR and exam : If you suspect that you fractured your elbow it would be best to see an Orthopaedic surgeon and be evaluated and get an xray. Symptoms of a fractured elbow include pain, instability, and difficulty with motion. Ulnar nerve symptoms include numbness or tingling in the small and ring finger, weakness in the hand, burning sensation starting at the elbow and moving to the fingers. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Don't try home or OTC remedies. See a doctor.
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Determine cause, if possible, don't just treat symptoms
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Try a range of motion massage
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Consider physical therapy
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How is ulnar nerve pain treated?

How is ulnar nerve pain treated?

Several ways: First line treatment is protecting the nerve from the insult or injury. This may include bracing or padding the elbow. Pt is also effective to treat restriction and inflammation and improve nerve mobility. Injection is another option. Surgery is last but only with confirmed nerve injury through emg/ncs testing. ...Read more

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