What is Ulnar Deviation or Ulnar Drift?
Ulnar deviation, or ulnar drift, is a medical condition that causes the joints in the wrist and hand to shift so that the fingers bend toward the ulna bone on the outside of the forearm.
It can be caused by Inflammation in the knuckle joints and problems affecting the ligaments or muscles in the wrist.
Ulnar Deviation can make certain tasks difficult
People who have ulnar deviation can still use their hands and fingers. However, over time, they may find certain activities, such as tying shoelaces or gripping small objects, more difficult.
The primary symptom of is that the hand bends toward the wrist. Other symptoms of ulnar deviation include swelling, pain in the wrist, hand, and finger joints, limited range of motion of the fingers, and reduced grip strength.
People can develop ulnar deviation as a result of chronic inflammation, problems with the ligaments or muscles, or structural congenital abnormalities. Some underlying medical conditions like Lupus can also cause ulnar deviation.
Treatments for ulnar deviation focus on managing symptoms and preventing the problem from getting worse.
The first step in treating ulnar deviation involves diagnosing and treating the underlying condition.
- Using over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications can control chronic inflammation and help reduce swelling and pain in the hand.
- Splints and hand braces can keep the fingers in place while adding extra support to the wrist.
- People may choose to undergo surgical procedures to fix a damaged ligament. Children born with brachial plexus palsy can undergo a ligament transplant or tendon transfers to correct ulnar deviation.
- Physical Therapy may be recommended in cases affecting the muscles or ligaments. Hand exercises may improve range of motions.
We found an exercise that they may be recommended for ulnar deviation but always consult your doctor before attempting a new exercise.
Wrist flexion and extension:
Place the forearm on a table so that the wrist bends over the edge
Flex the wrist backward until the fingers point upward
Relax the hand so that it bends over the table again
Alternate between flexing and relaxing the hand
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