Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Usually conservative treatment is done initially to attempt to treat ulnar nerve entrapment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation around the nerve. Steroid injections may also be warranted to reduce inflammation around the nerve area. However there is a risk of damage to the nerves with steroid injections. Your physician may also suggest the use of a brace or splint while you sleep in order to keep your elbow from bending. Various therapeutic exercises may also help improve symptoms.
Surgical treatment is often necessary when conservative treatments have failed, the ulnar nerve is very compressed or when the compression is causing muscle wasting in the hand. There are a few different surgeries that can relieve pressure on the nerve at the elbow and your expert at SCCNS will talk with you about the option is best for you.
Our preferred method and the most common method is the Ulnar Nerve Transposition where the ulnar nerve is moved from its place behind the elbow to a new place in front of it.