Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Therapy

Sally Feb

Summer in Ocean City, MD is just around the corner but for now paddle boarding in Puerto Rico sure sounds wonderful.

A recent patient had left elbow ulnar nerve entrapment. The ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in the arm. It travels from the neck down into the hand and can be constricted in several places along the way. The most common place of compression of the nerve is at the elbow. Numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers are common symptoms. If conservative methods do not work, the physician may recommend surgery.

Ulnar nerve anterior transposition is when the nerve is moved from behind the medial epicondyle (behind the elbow) to a new place in front of it.

After surgery, therapy services follow. Here at Atlantic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation services Outpatient Occupational Therapy clinic in Berlin we focus on restoring functional use so that individuals can return to their everyday activities, work demands and hobbies of interest.
This patient stated that for the past several years in the winter she and her husband spend 3 months In Puerto Rico before returning to their busy self-employed business in OC, MD. The patient said her goal after surgery in late Fall was to return to paddle boarding.

With hard work paddle boarding In Puerto Rico came soon enough.

Enclosed is an OT clinic video clip of simulating paddle boarding motion to help reach the patient’s goal.

It was wonderful to receive an email / picture of the patient achieving her goal (video / picture/ email per patient approval).

Sally Hawkins OTR, CLT, CHT
Outpatient Clinic in Berlin, MD