Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome
The most common symptoms of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome are tingling and numbness that are felt along the outer forearm and into the ring and little fingers of the hand. Along with numbness, it is also common to feel a pulling or drawing sensation that feels like a tight line of strain going through the forearm and into the hand along the same pathway.
Symptoms are often felt when resting the elbow on a hard surface. In more involved cases, the same level of pain can be felt when anything at all puts pressure on the elbow. Pulling and drawing sensations are usually felt when moving the arm.
The body has a tendency to form adhesions at points where the body is under unnatural strain. Strain occurs as a result of repetitive motion, unbalanced posture, the effect of old surgeries or injury and even stressful habits.
An adhesion is a bundle of
that becomes thickened and sticky. Every nerve and every blood vessel is encased in a sheath of this fascia which is there to protect the nerve or blood vessel from undue wear and tear as it moves with the body. As a result of this design, nerves and blood vessels are prone to developing adhesions anywhere along their path.
Ideally, the ulnar nerve should slide and glide through its tunnel, protected and cushioned by the fascial sheath that surrounds it. In the case of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome, the body perceives strain and creates adhesions that glue the nerve to the bony ulnar tunnel itself. Every time the elbow is bent or straightened, the nerve gets tugged and irritated at the point of the adhesion. This causes the nerve to fire inappropriately and leads to the numbness and tingling that is characteristic of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome.
Another very common site of adhesions is as the nerve passes alongside the triceps muscle at the back of the upper arm, just above the ulnar tunnel. It is quite common to find the nerve stuck to the triceps which causes symptoms every time the elbow is bent. Because of the involvement of the triceps muscle, symptoms may also show up when the triceps is engaged while lifting weight. Examples include lifting a baby with the arms extended forward of the body, weight lifting at the gym, or pulling a heavy weight toward the body.
The ulnar nerve can also exhibit numbness and tingling when the nerve is compressed. This phenomenon occurs when the nerve is squeezed between two structures. This can sometimes happen when the nerve passes between bone and a muscle, or when it passes between two muscles. The tight muscle presses on the nerve causing it to fire and produces its characteristic symptoms.
Both of these types of tissue conditions need to be uncovered and restored to a more normal condition before the symptoms of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome will subside. Tight muscles need to be lengthened so they no longer compress the nerve and adhesions need to be carefully peeled away from their anchoring so the nerve can move freely in its sheath once again.
If you would like to continue reading more about Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome, visit the following sections:
Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome Anatomy
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