Nonsurgical Treatment for Ulnar Nerve Compression

Treatment for ulnar nerve compression does not usually require surgery. Your NYU Langone doctor may advise you to rest the affected elbow and hand and avoid certain activities that can worsen symptoms. Additionally, he or she may suggest padding the area around the elbow for a few weeks, which can protect the ulnar nerve from additional damage.

NYU Langone doctors frequently recommend additional nonsurgical treatments, including the following.

Pain Medication

Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can help to reduce inflammation and stop ulnar nerve compression symptoms from worsening.

Bracing or Splinting

Immobilizing your arm in a brace for a few weeks or longer can help you to avoid additional damage. Your doctor may also suggest wearing a splint at night to prevent your arm from bending while you sleep.

Hand Therapy

Your doctor may recommend hand therapy, which is performed by physical and occupational therapists at NYU Langone. Hand therapy involves strengthening and stretching exercises for your hand as well as your arm and elbow. NYU Langone therapists certified in hand therapy can work with you to develop an exercise plan specific to your needs. Although you may initially visit your therapist several times per week, you can eventually perform the exercises at home.

Physical and occupational therapy are provided on an outpatient basis at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Our therapists are trained to treat people who have a wide range of elbow and arm conditions. They can work with you and your doctor to create an individualized treatment plan. The goal is to help you return to your normal daily activities as quickly as possible.

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