Ulnar nerve entrapment is not usually a serious condition when handled in the correct way. However, if treatment is not efficient, the patient may develop long-term issues. These issues may include the loss of feeling or even total paralysis in the affected arm. If you believe your patient can be suffering from ulnar nerve entrapment, Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services can offer mobile diagnostics on Long Island to help diagnose this condition.
What is Ulnar Nerve Entrapment?
The ulnar nerve travels from the neck through the shoulder and arm all the way to the wrists and two of the fingers. It stimulates the flexor muscles in the hand allowing movement to occur. The ulnar nerve is also the source of sensation that takes place in the forearm as well as the ring and pinky finger. When the ulnar nerve becomes compressed or irritated, it is known as ulnar nerve entrapment. It most commonly takes place near the elbow, but it can also occur near the wrist. Causes of this condition include fluid build up in the elbow, arthritis in the elbow or wrist, and leaning on the elbow for an extended period of time.
Symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment may include:
- Pain or tenderness in the elbow joint
- A weak grip in the affected hand
- Intermittent numbness and tingling in the ring and pinky finger
- Difficulty controlling fingers for a precise task
If your patient is experiencing any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services for mobile diagnostics on Long Island.
A test called the electromyogram is often used to help diagnose ulnar nerve entrapment. It is used to track the electrical activity taking place in the muscles. One of the most common reasons for a patient to get an electromyogram is when they are experiencing unexplained muscle weakness. This can happen for a variety of reasons, which is one of the reasons ulnar nerve entrapment can be so hard to diagnose. However, an EMG can determine the exact reason for the muscle weakness. At Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services, we offer electromyograms as a means on mobile diagnostics on Long Island.
Ulnar nerve entrapment can develop into a serious condition, but it does not have to. Once properly diagnosed, it can be dealt with and treated in a relatively easy manner. Your patient may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medication or be instructed to wear elbow braces or splints in order to keep the joint straight. If you believe your patients could be suffering from ulnar nerve entrapment, Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services can perform mobile diagnostics on Long Island so they can be diagnosed and put on the road to recovery. Contact us today!