Can u please tell me what u think this is: I get real soreness & numbness around the pinky & ring fingers & elbow, & it really hurts sometimes & i cant stand it. Is it ulnar nerve entrapment? Have any of yous got similar symtoms? How do u get rid of this problem? I heard the problem can come from the kneck & shoulder area, which hurts also. Please help, i really want to heal & get back to a normal life!! Should i go to a chiropracter, massage therapist or physiotherapist? Any advice or help is appreciated! I just want to heal!! Thanx alot! John.
Go to a neuro surgeon ..they should perform nerve tests for you..Then you will probably be referred to an orthapedic surgeon for treatment..If in fact it shows you have nerve damamge...Dont put it off any longer....
It could be cubital tunnel, or something like golfer's elbow or tennis elbow. If you don't want surgery, I wouldn't go to someone who has surgeon in their title. I went to a family practice doctor first who referred me to a physiatrist (a physical medicine and rehab doctor). That's where I got my nerve conduction test. Physical therapists may not see you without a prescription from a doctor. Don't rest your elbows on hard surfaces and if you bend them all the time, straighten them out. Some of the exercises I was told to do you can find on the internet, and nerve gliding exercises you can find in "The Carpal Tunnel Helpbook" by Dr. Scott M. Fried. So far the neck exercises and ulnar nerve sliding I've been doing has been helping. But with the ulnar nerve sliding exercise, I've been doing it very slowly because the muscles in my hand tense up automatically so I've been trying to do the exercises slowly so the muscles don't tense up. Most importantly, don't spend every waking moment on the computer. Get voice recognition software, and there is freeware that reminds you to take breaks every few minutes so that you aren't typing constantly.
Most neurologist perform the NCV and emg tests, if it shows cubital or ulnar entrapment they will refer you to a hand specialist. Don't wait too long, I did, was afraid of any surgery, have had several in the past and now disabled in both hands. I should have gone the surgery route first instead of all the exercises and PT and all the while my muscles in the hand were atrophied. PT helped with mobility and strength but it didn't prevent the final outcome, but that is me it can work for you, everyone is different. I did acupuncture, pt, CT hand book for a few years. So give it a shot but don't wait so long that it is of no use.