Ulnar Nerve Dysfunction
Ulnar nerve dysfunction is a condition involving loss of sensation and/or movement in the wrist and hand. It may occur as a result of injury or excessive pressure on the nerve. Symptoms of ulnar nerve dysfunction may include hand weakness, painful, tingling, or burning sensations in the hand, and odd sensations in the fourth or fifth fingers.
To diagnose ulnar nerve dysfunction, the hand and wrist are examined. Additional testing is often done to rule out other possible conditions. These tests may include blood tests, nerve conduction tests, or x-rays.
Treatment for ulnar nerve dysfunction varies depending on its severity. Mild to moderate cases of ulnar nerve dysfunction are usually responsive to splinting, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and/or physical therapy. Severe cases of ulnar nerve dysfunction that are unresponsive to conservative treatment methods may require surgical decompression. Each patient will receive a customized treatment plan based on their individual condition and medical history.
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