Numb pinky fingers are quite common when an ulnar nerve in your arms gets trapped. Ulnar nerve controls the sensation of the pinky, ring fingers and part of your palms. This can be experienced in day-to-day situations, while at work, in a car or during sports. Are you having this sensation right now, too? Let me share some important points about it. What is ulnar nerve? Ulnar nerve runs through your arms and controls the sensation in part of your hand and fingers. It is especially vulnerable in the area behind the elbow where it can get easily pinched. If you ever felt the sudden pins and needles in fingers by hitting your elbow, then you hit this nerve. This is also called funny bone sensation and usually goes away within few minutes. Causes of numbness in fingers. Loss of feeling in fingers is one of the signs of nerve entrapment. This can be caused by pressing the nerve against a table when resting or sitting improperly in front of computer, cyst formation, previous elbow fractures or current injury. This can last from minutes up to weeks, depending on seriousness of the cause. The best option is to visit your doctor if the numbness stays for more than several days. Signs of nerve entrapment. There are several symptoms, including loss of feeling in little fingers such as pinky and ring finger. Part of your hand might also get numb, too. The numbness gets stronger while an elbow is bent. When the arm is straight, the loss of feeling seems to be lesser intense. Trapped nerve prevention and treatment. Minor injuries of elbow are usually followed by swelling which blocks and traps the nerve against the bone. Your doctor will recommend non-surgical treatment for lesser serious injuries. If the injury is acute, this treatment will follow by surgical. This means you will have to go to a hospital to have it fixed. The best advice for treatment to start with is to keep your arm in a straight position all the time. Do not rest your head on your elbow while working behind the desk or while driving your car. If you do not have proper medical equipment to keep your arm straight, just use a towel. Wrap the towel around your arm, which will prevent it from bending. Keep this on especially while sleeping when you consciously cannot prevent the bending. If the injury is more serious, then try a combination of medicine helping to relief pain and inflammation. Include stretching exercises, too. I would recommend using Ibuprofen gel. Consult your doctor prior to use to make sure this is right for you. If it is ok, this can be found in most of the supermarkets around you. Buy a gel and rub it straight on the swollen place. I got swollen elbows many times while practicing sports. First it really scared me because sudden loss of ability to feel the tips of my fingers is a scary experience. Nowadays, I am more relaxed about this topic because I constantly learn how to prevent and treat it. I hope this article gives you some good ideas, which will help you to find your way to avoid or treat these injuries, too

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and is a common source of pain.  The nerve arises from the nerve roots of the fourth and fifth lumbar spine and the first three sacral nerve roots.  The nerve roots  coalesce to form the nerve within the pelvic cavity and exits deep to the large muscles of the hip and buttocks. From there it travels deep within the muscular layers down the back of the thigh to the knee where it divides into the common peroneal and tibial nerve branches.  This nerve controls the major muscles of the posterior thigh and lower leg.

There are a number of conditions that can cause or contribute to sciatica such as:

-Lumbar disc herniations

-Arthritic degeneration

-Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

-Piriformis Syndrome and muscular compression syndromes



Most of these conditions requires diagnosis by a trained professional and the true cause will dictate the best treatment of the pinched sciatic nerve.

Arthritic degeneration of the lumbar spine and lumbar disc herniations are fairly common and can be treated conservatively in many cases but may ultimately require surgery in severe cases.  The nerve roots from L4 and L5 contribute to the nerve and compression or irritation of these nerve roots can result in sciatica nerve pain.  There have been some great advances in non-surgical treatments such as decompression therapy and inversion therapy.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can irritate the nerve roots as they practically lay against the inside surface of the joint within the pelvic cavity. Stretching and chiropractic care are the best treatment for this type of condition.

Piriformis syndrome describes the condition where the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle as it exits the pelvic cavity.  The nerve passes beneath the muscle in most cases so any irritation or spasm of the muscle can irritate and compress the nerve.  In about 15% of the population the nerve actually pierces the piriformis muscle making it even more prone to compression.

Trauma can initiate sciatic pain since any hard impact, like a fall on a hard surface, can injure the muscles and tissues of the hip and buttock and result in compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Pregnancy is another common cause of sciatica nerve pain since the growing uterus puts increasing pressure on the nerve roots and nerve within the pelvic cavity.  There are techniques and conservative measures that can help alleviate sciatica during pregnancy and ultimately most cases resolve with childbirth.

Conditions of the sciatic nerve are varied in both the potential severity and cause but conservative treatments are available and new methods of home care and self treatment are proving their worth everyday.

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