WHAT IS ULNAR NEURITIS?
Ulnar neuritis or cubital tunnel syndrome, is inflammation of the ulnar nerve in the arm that results in numbness or weakness in the hand (pinky side only). The ulnar nerve is more commonly thought of as the “Funny Bone” and gives feeling to the little finger and half of the ring finger. This nerve can become compressed like the median nerve in carpel tunnel by tight tendons and ligaments around the elbow. This condition is closely linked to Golfer’s Elbow, because it can act of when muscles are inflamed on the inside of the elbow.
Chiropractic adjustments can be made to the ulnar bone if a joint fixation is suspected. Rapid Release and Graston Therapy are used to loosen up the surrounding muscle to prevent further pull on the elbow. Kinesiology Tape can be applied as an extra brace to prevent the elbow from snapping, but also to take pressure off the nerve. Daily stretching habits and applying ice to the elbow are recommended as home therapy.