The Ulnar Nerve extends from the shoulder into the pinky finger and sends nerve signals through the forearm and hand. If this nerve becomes compressed or entrapped it may result what is known as “palsy”, which may cause the hand to look deformed and make motor skills of the hand difficult. The most common area for this nerve to become entrapped is at the point of the elbow (funny bone).
In many instances, Ulnar Nerve Entrapment is caused by repetitive overuse of the elbow, such as manual labor or repetitive motion. In this instance, the nerve can become irritated and inflamed. Also, if the nerve becomes deranged and extends over the elbow the nerve can become severed.
Signs and symptoms of Ulnar Nerve Entrapment may include:
- Weakness in the hand
- Clawed appearance of the hand
- Motor skill deficiencies
- Tingling in the palm and/or fourth and fifth fingers
- Sensitivity to cold
- Tenderness in the elbow joint