A simple explanation of Ulnar deviation, is when your fingers bend toward your pinky, while your wrist shifts toward the thumb side of your hand. Ulnar Deviation, sometimes called Ulnar Drift, is commonly caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and generally occurs over time.
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SYMPTOMS OF ULNAR DEVIATION
- Your knuckles may be swollen and painful
- Your knuckles may feel "spongy"
- Your fingers "lean" toward the pinky side of the forearm
- It's hard to straighten your fingers
- It's hard to grip and pinch items
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Your healthcare provider or hand therapist can recommend the best treatment for you. A hand or finger splint may be recommended. Using ice to reduce swelling and pain is often prescribed, followed by gentle stretching and heat. Exercises to maintain strength and flexibility may also help. It’s is important to make sure that you stabilize and protect your hand and fingers from further damage to avoid complications that may require surgery.
HAND SPLINTS THAT CAN HELP