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Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome

What is ulnar tunnel syndrome?

Ulnar tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve at the wrist. This nerve is found on the pinkie-finger side of the wrist.

Overuse or repetitive use of your hands or wrist may cause swelling or thickening of the tissues close to the ulnar nerve. Swelling from a ganglion can also affect the ulnar nerve. Bicycle riders may develop ulnar tunnel syndrome from holding on to the handlebars.

  • Symptoms

    What are the symptoms of ulnar tunnel syndrome?

    Symptoms of ulnar tunnel syndrome include weakness, numbness and tingling, and pain in the ring finger, pinkie finger, or both.

  • Care

    How can you care for yourself when you have ulnar tunnel syndrome?

    Treatment for ulnar tunnel syndrome includes:

    • Avoiding activities that cause the symptoms.
    • Applying ice.
    • Wearing a splint at night.
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

    Copyrighted material adapted with permission from Healthwise, Incorporated. This information does not replace the advice of a doctor.