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Treatments for Ulnar nerve injury

Treatments for Ulnar nerve injury:

With early recognition and treatment, in many cases it is possible to reverse the symptoms of ulnar nerve injury before permanent damage occurs. The first step in treatment is prevention of the disorder. The most successful treatment and prevention plans use a multipronged approach aimed at relieving pressure and compression of the ulnar nerve.

This includes changing or limiting repetitive motion activities. Frequent periods of rest and changes in activity of the hands, wrists and elbows are key to preventing ulnar nerve injury due to repetitive activities. It is also important for cyclists to have their bicycles properly fitted to minimize pressure on the ulnar nerve. A person who uses crutches should use proper crutch-walking technique to minimize pressure on the ulnar nerve under the arms. Upper extremity casts that are improperly fitted or too tight need to be opened and/or replaced to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve.

The use of orthopedic elbow splints may also be helpful in limiting excessive flexion of the elbow, which can lead to ulnar nerve injury.

Treatment also includes and diagnosing and treating any possible underlying conditions that may produce pressure on the ulnar nerve, such as arthritis or bone spurs.

Corticosteroids may also be used to reduce inflammation and pain of ulnar nerve injury. These are generally given through direct injection into the affected area. Anti-inflammatory medications are commonly used to control symptoms of ulnar nerve injury. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin. NSAIDs are very effective in treating the pain and inflammation of ulnar nerve injury. However, long-term use of NSAIDs can cause serious, even life threatening, side effects and adverse events. These include bleeding peptic ulcers and possible heart problems and cardiovascular events.

For some people who do not get relief with other measures, a surgery called ulnar nerve decompression may be an option to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve. Alternative treatments may include acupressure and acupuncture, which also may help reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve.

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