Are you experiencing numbness and tingling in your hands and fingers? These sensations, while common, can be indicators of a more significant issue related to the ulnar nerve in your elbow. Let’s explore what this means and how you can address it.

The Ulnar Nerve: A Vital Player

The ulnar nerve is a critical nerve that runs through the cubital tunnel, located at the inside of your elbow under a bone. It is primarily responsible for the feeling in your little finger and half of the ring finger. When this nerve is compressed, it can lead to the numbness and tingling sensations you might be experiencing.

Common Causes of Compression

  1. Prolonged Bent Position at Night: Often, the ulnar nerve gets compressed when your elbow is bent for extended periods, particularly during sleep. This causes the nerve to stretch around the elbow’s bony prominence. To prevent this, you can use pillows for proper positioning or wrap a towel around your arm at night to keep it straight.
  2. Leaning on Your Elbows: Regularly leaning on your elbows can put excessive pressure on the ulnar nerve. Pay attention to your habits, especially if you spend a lot of time at a desk, and try to avoid putting weight on your elbows.
  3. Fluid Buildup: Swelling in the elbow area can narrow the space for the ulnar nerve, leading to compression. This could be due to various reasons, including inflammation or injury.
  4. Injury: A direct blow to the inside of the elbow can damage the ulnar nerve. Even minor injuries, if untreated, can have lasting effects.

Addressing the Issue of Numbness and Tingling

If you’re experiencing persistent elbow pain or numbness and tingling in your fingers, it’s crucial to understand the underlying causes and take appropriate action. Simple changes in your daily routine, such as adjusting your sleeping position or workspace ergonomics, can make a significant difference.

However, if these symptoms persist, it’s advisable to seek professional help. Physiotherapy can be an effective solution, offering both relief and long-term benefits. A physiotherapist can provide targeted exercises and therapies to alleviate nerve compression and suggest lifestyle adjustments to prevent further issues.

Discover Relief with New Age Physio

At New Age Physio, our team of expert physiotherapists is dedicated to providing personalized care and effective treatment plans for conditions like ulnar nerve compression. We offer in-depth assessments, free consultations, same-week appointments, and virtual visits for your convenience. With our help, you can embark on a journey towards a pain-free life. Book your initial assessment at our Etobicoke or Oakville locations today and take the first step toward managing your elbow pain effectively.

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