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16/9/2020 Sophia Hogg

Ulnar Wrist Pain

Ulnar wrist pain occurs on the side of your arm which has your pinkie-finger. It can result when your bones, cartilage, ligaments or tendons get injured severely. The pain worsens when you try to grip something.

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Causes of Ulnar-sided Wrist Pain

  • 1.

    When you break your fall by using your hand.

  • 2.

    Repetitive bending of your wrist during sports like tennis, golf, badminton, squash and football.

  • 3.

    Jobs which require constant use of hands like carpenters or plumbers.

  • 4.

    Weightlifting and exercising

  • 5.

    Wrist fractures

  • 6.

    Arthritis

  • 7.

    Ganglions or cysts near your wrist

  • 6.

    Nerve injuries near the wrist

  • 6.

    Ulnar impaction syndrome (happens when your ulna is longer than your other forearm bone).

  • 6.

    Kienbock’s disease


Symptoms of Ulnar Wrist Pain

  • Pain on the pinkie-finger side of the wrist

  • Popping noise in your wrist along with sharp pain

  • Your grip has weakened

  • You can’t bend your wrist like normal

Diagnosis of Ulnar Wrist Pain

Our expert hand and wrist specialist will ask you the following questions to diagnose your ulnar wrist pain -

  • Any wrist injuries he should know about?

  • Any medical conditions which may cause ulnar wrist pain as they progress, like gout, arthritis, diabetes?

  • How would you rate the intensity of your wrist pain on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being severe?

  • Does your job or any hobby involve repeated strain on your wrist?

  • Did you injure your wrist recently?

He will then note if you have any inflammation, redness or tenderness around your wrist and will perform wrist movements to check the range of motion.

Diagnostic tests like X-rays, CT scan, MRI scan, Wrist arthrography, and ultrasound can be performed to get a conclusive diagnosis of your ulnar-sided wrist pain.

Ulnar Wrist Pain Treatment

  • 1.

    Cast or splint for your wrist or ulnar wrist pain brace.

  • 2.

    Anti-inflammatory pain medications like acetaminophen, NSAIDs, or steroid injections may be prescribed to you.

  • 3.

    Physical therapy in the form of wrist movements and wrist exercises.

  • 4.

    Joint replacement surgery, Arthroscopic surgery to repair your ligaments, tendons, and treatment of wrist fractures can be done if all else fails.


If you or anyone you know is suffering from unbearable wrist pain on the pinkie-finger side of your arm, the expert providers at Specialty Care Live take care of your health and help you recover.

Call 469-805-4561 to book a telehealth appointment for an at-home check-up. You can request a callback from us too.