What is ulnar nerve neuritis, and what can you do if you have this condition? The ulnar nerve is located in your arm, and when this nerve becomes inflamed you will start to develop neuritis symptoms. These symptoms can include pain, swelling, and tenderness near the elbow and in the forearm. You may also notice a numbness or weakness in the hand on the side where the nerve is affected. This condition is caused by motions and activities which place repetitive strain on the ulnar nerve, either at the wrist or elbow. This condition can also be caused by repetitive movements done for long periods of time which may aggravate and inflame the nerve can cause symptoms to appear.
Treatment for ulnar nerve neuritis can include medications to control the pain and inflammation, and the affected area should be rested until the symptoms are gone. A sling or splint to immobilize the affected arm can also be beneficial. Peripheral neuropathy and ulnar nerve neuritis are not the same thing, because only the ulnar nerve is affected instead of the nerves going to all of the extremities. You will only experience weakness, tingling, and pain in one arm instead of both, and with the peripheral version the nerves in your legs will also be affected in most cases.
The first signs of ulnar nerve neuritis will appear as numbness or tingling on the little fingers of your hand, and a sensitivity in the area that most people refer to as their funny bone. Placing your elbow on a surface may cause the pain to become more severe, and this is also true if you perform motions which involve your ulnar nerve. Cubital tunnel syndrome is another condition caused when this nerves becomes irritated and inflamed. The treatment for ulnar nerve neuritis involves eliminating the inflammation in the nerve and allowing your tissues to recover with rest. Over the counter medications for pain can help with any discomfort, and in severe cases corticosteroid injections may be needed.