Treatment of Ulnar Neuropathy
At Harron Neurosurgery, we use a conservative approach in treating ulnar nerve compression. The goal of treatment is to restore the use of your hand and arm as quickly as possible. Primary treatment of neuropathy includes medications such as NSAIDs either prescribed or over-the-counter. A nerve pain medication such as gabapentin can be used to help calm the irritated nerve. A splint may be offered as a solution to prevent further injury of the elbow and to relieve symptoms.
Second, a corticosteroid injection placed into the affected area may be offered to relieve pain. The purpose of the injection is to reduce the swelling and pressure on the compressed nerve.
Surgical Treatment for Ulnar Neuropathy
Surgery for ulnar neuropathy is reserved for patients who have extremely limited use of arm and hand along with muscle weakness or wasting as a result of nerve compression. The goal of surgery is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and, after recovery, pursue physical therapy exercises to restore or maintain muscle strength.