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The elbows and wrists have several nerves that provide sensation to the arm, wrist, elbow and the finger digits on the hands. Ulnar neuropathy references the ulnar nerve, a nerve that helps provide sensation to the elbow, the wrist and fourth and fifth digits (fingers) on the hand respectively. When this nerve becomes entrapped, damaged or irritated, it can result in ulnar neuropathy.
Associated symptoms include: inflammation, discomfort, tingles and numbness in the elbow, wrist or fourth or fifth digits on the hand. In some cases, numbness can last weeks upon end before sensation returns. In extreme cases, the numbness can be persistent and last many months on end. In instances where the nerve has sustained permanent damage, numbness can be permanent.
Patients have a variety of different treatment options that they can consider pursuing if they are suffering from ulnar neuropathy.