SALO Knuckle Bender is an extension assist splint to bring mobility to the interphalangeal Joints. It is used for ulnar nerve palsy or to assist weak intrinsic muscles. Provides dynamic MP flexion. Simply mold a circumferential palmer and finger thermoplastic support to the rubber bands to make a custom knuckle bender orthosis.
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Ulnar Nerve Palsy
Ulnar nerve palsy is typically a progressive condition, meaning it gets worse over time.
Symptoms of Ulnar Nerve Palsy include:
- a loss of sensation in your hand, especially in your ring and little fingers
- a loss of coordination in your fingers
- a tingling or burning sensation in your hand
- hand weakness that may get worse with physical activity
- a loss of grip strength
The lack of strength in your hand can affect your daily activities, such as gripping a glass and holding a pencil.
Over time, the lack of control and sensation can cause the muscles in your hand to tighten, leading to a claw-like deformity. This usually only occurs in severe cases of ulnar nerve palsy.
Ulnar nerve palsy can make it difficult to work with your hands, so you may struggle to complete tasks that were once easy. Activities that put strain on your hands and lower arms, such as golf or tennis, may make the pain worse.
What Causes Ulnar Nerve Palsy?
The cause of ulnar nerve palsy isn’t always known. However, damage to the ulnar nerve can occur due to:
- an illness that damages your nerve
- an injury to the nerve
- excess pressure on the nerve
- nerve pressure due to swelling
- an elbow fracture or dislocation