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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: October 11, 2012
    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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