An Ulnar Nerve Injury is an injury in the nerve that runs from the neck into the hand. This type of injury can cause sensation problems and movement problems in the hand and wrist.
Common Symptoms of an Ulnar Nerve Injury from a Car Accident:
- Tingling sensation in the hand
- Burning sensation in the hand
- Numbness or less feeling in the hand
- Weakness or lack of strength in the hand
- Difficulty moving the finger
- Pain in the hand
- Abnormal sensation of the 4th and 5th fingers of the hand
Causes of Ulnar Nerve Injuries
- Direct injury to the nerve (from the impact of an accident)
- Pressure on the nerve caused by swelling or injury of nearby body structures (neck or back injuries from accidents may put this kind of pressure on the nerve)
- Long-term pressure on the elbow
- An elbow fracture or dislocation
- An illness in the whole body that damages a single nerve
The ulnar nerve gives feeling to the pinky and half of the ring finger. It also controls most of the little muscles in the hand that help with fine movements, and some of the bigger muscles in the forearm that help you make a strong grip.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment occurs when the ulnar nerve in the arm becomes compressed or irritated. The ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. It can be constricted in many places and depending upon where it occurs, this pressure on the nerve can cause numbness or pain in your elbow, hand, wrist, or fingers.
Sometimes the ulnar nerve gets pinched beneath the collarbone, at the wrist, or where it comes out at the spinal cord. The most commonplace that the nerve gets constricted is behind the elbow. When the nerve compression occurs at the elbow, it is called “Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.”
What Should I Do If I’ve Suffered an Ulnar Nerve Injury because of a Car Accident?
We know that an injury as serious as an ulnar nerve injury can impact your life in many ways. Though compensation from the insurance company doesn’t change what happened, it can ease the financial burdens of medical bills, lost time at work, and more. We want to help you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. We will gladly consult with you for FREE! 770-577-3020