Elbow nerve injury involves an inflammation of the ulnar nerve, which controls the muscles in the forearm and hand. This nerve allows us to feel the sense of touch, texture and temperature throughout most of our hand and forearm. When this nerve is damaged, patients may experience pain, numbness, weakness and restricted thumb movement. This condition affects men more often than women and can occur as a result of trauma, anesthesia, malnutrition or tumors.
Treatment of ulnar nerve damage depends on the severity of the condition, but may include medication, exercises, splints and sometimes surgery to remove a cyst or correct damage from an injury. Dr. Chao will discuss your options with you, as well as home remedies you can take to help treat symptoms of ulnar nerve neuropathy.