Position of ulnar nerve in a human runs from the neck, down arm, to pinkie finger. Inset picture shows front and back side of hand affected by ulnar-sided wrist pain.
Location of ulnar nerve in the arm and area of handed affected by ulnar-sided wrist pain.

What is ulnar wrist pain?

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of a medical problem of the ulnar wrist?

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:

  • Pain on the pinkie-finger side of the wrist
  • Popping or clicking noise in your wrist associated with sharp pain with movement
  • Loss of strength in the hand when gripping strongly, associated with pain
  • Loss of movement at the wrist especially with rotation of the forearm and with lateral movement of the wrist towards the pinky side (ulnar deviation)

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