Many different injuries and medical conditions can cause ulnar-sided wrist pain; treatment depends on the cause.
Ulnar wrist pain occurs on the outside (pinkie-finger side) of your wrist. The ulna is the arm bone that ends at the wrist on this side.
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Ulnar wrist pain, while at rest or with movement, is a common sign of many different injuries and medical conditions. Common signs and symptoms of ulnar wrist pain include:
Many different injuries and medical conditions can cause pain on the outside of your wrist. They include:
Doctors diagnose ulnar wrist pain based on your medical history and results of a physical exam. Some of the questions your doctor may ask include:
Your doctor will feel your wrist and area around it and make note of any swelling, redness, masses, scars, tenderness and any other signs of deformity. He or she will also perform several wrist movement tests to check range of motion, strength, and source of pain to help make the diagnosis.
Imaging tests will also be ordered. Imaging tests may include:
Treatment for ulnar wrist pain depends on the cause. Standard treatments to relieve pain include:
Contact your doctor if you have ulnar wrist pain that interferes with work or other daily activities, or is severe enough to impair motion and function, wakes you from sleep, or is associated with significant swelling, redness and fluid drainage.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/26/2019.
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