Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow

What is it?

The ulnar nerve enters the elbow in a bone canal between the inner epicondyle of the humerus and the olecranon.

The nerve is separated from the skin only by a fibrous band stretched between the bony structures, so the nerve can be frequently injured in the elbow area.

Often the case is about permanent micro-injuries, such as those caused by improper positioning of the elbow, or serious injuries that have occurred even in the distant past.

Which are the symptoms?

The patient has formication in the last two fingers of the hand simultaneously with impaired sensation in this area and sometimes a lack of strength in moving all fingers.

How is it diagnosed?

Clinical and electromyographic examination is carried out during diagnosis.

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How is it treated?

The treatment is exclusively surgical and, although improvement of symptoms is not guaranteed, it is mandatory because it avoids clinical worsening with severe functional impairment.

It is performed under local anesthesia in a day hospital and consists in decompression and possible nerve transposition.

Functional recovery is rapid.

Where do we treat it?

Within the San Donato Group, you can find Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow specialists at these departments:

Are you interested in receiving the treatment?

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