Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Allmon is a renowned hand and wrist surgeon based in Carrollton, TX. He aims at providing hand-on treatment for various orthopedic conditions such as Mallet Finger, Fractures, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome etc.

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

The ulnar nerve, also known as the ‘funny bone’ extends from the neck down towards the hand. It passes through a groove on the inner side of the elbow and is responsible for sensation and proper functioning of the hand.
Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome is a condition characterized by extreme stretching of the ulnar nerve. This can occur due to increased pressure from the bone or connective tissue. The patient may experience tingling or numbing sensation in the fingers and hand.

Causes Of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

  • Direct pressure on the nerve
  • Elbow bent continuously for longer period of time
  • Repeated snapping of the ulnar nerve
  • Thickening of the soft tissues over the nerve
  • Intense physical activity
  • Abnormal bone growth in the elbow

Symptoms Of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

  • Tingling sensation in ring and small fingers
  • Pain in the elbow
  • Loss of sensation in the affected fingers and hand
  • Overall weakness or clumsiness
  • Improper grip formation
  • Deformity in the hand

Diagnosis Of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

  • The doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination
  • Tests such as nerve conduction study or Electromyography may be conducted to diagnose the area of nerve damage
  • Imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may help to look for benign growths
  • X-Rays may be performed to look if the pressure on the nerve is caused by a fractured bone

Treatment For Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

Most of the cases of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome can be resolved using conservative treatment methods.

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • The patient may be advised to change the position of his wrist while performing activities such as typing, writing etc.
  • Use of suitable padding may also recommended while doing activities that require the wrist to be positioned in a certain manner
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to provide temporary relief from the symptoms to
  • A wrist splint may be used for a short period of time to alleviate the symptoms

Surgical Treatment

  • Surgical intervention may required in order to remove the growth in the wrist that is causing Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome
  • The surgeon may remove the cysts or scar tissues to reduce numbing sensation
  • The nerve grows again and heals completely but this may take several months
  • Certain exercises may be recommended post-surgery in order to regain normal range of motion of the hand and elbow

For treatment of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome, visit Dr. Allmon in Carrollton, TX. For appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon, call at (972) 492 – 1334.