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Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome - Topic Overview

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.

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

Treatment for ulnar tunnel syndrome includes:

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

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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