Ulnar Nerve Injury - Hand
On May 3rd I injuried the ulnar nerve in my left hand. I injured my hand by repeatedly hitting golf balls at the driving range. I felt dumbness, along with the pins and needles sensation, in my pinkie finger, half of the ring finger and the meaty pad of my left hand. The symptom came about over a period of five or ten minutes, as the injury was not something I noticed instantly.
Soon after injuring my hand the numbness, and pins and needles sensation, increased along with some swelling and a degree of pain…actually more like being extremely uncomfortable. I have rested it over the past 5 weeks and the sensations have reduced somewhat (probably by 50%), along with the swelling, but I still have a moderate amount of the same sensations, including a palsy type symptom of the hand.
I do not know exactly where the ulnar nerve was damaged but I suspect it was around the Guyon’s canal area as the meaty pad part of the hand is where the golf club grip makes strong contact with the hand. Also, this is where I had the most pain and swelling. I know from x-rays that I have no damage to any carpal bones, hamate hook, etc.
Since the injury I have lost a good bit of dexterity in my hand and have weak finger extensor muscles for all fingers, but particularly the pinkie and ring finger. Also, I have weakness and atrophy of the thumb dorsal interosseous muscle (the large muscle between the thumb and index finger over the back of the hand) as indicated by weakness of the thumb abducting against the index finger (Froment’s sign).
It is still hard to do simple things with my left hand like using a fingernail clipper, handling coins, etc. even though it’s been 5 weeks since I injured my hand. However, while my hand is definitely better than it was two or three weeks ago it seems the healing has now hit a wall on getting any better.
My questions are:
Will I be able to regain the full use of my hand?
Will the sensations ever completely go away?
Will I be able to regain the muscle strength and dexterity of my fingers?
Will the wasted thumb muscle (Froment’s sign) ever recover?