What recovery expectation should be set for patients with ulnar neuropathy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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An important pitfall in treatment is to lead the patient to believe that full recovery can be expected in cases where recovery is actually uncertain. Of course, few doctors today promise perfection, and physicians often downplay the likelihood of complete recovery so as not to raise expectations unduly. Even so, many physicians, even neurologists and physiatrists, do not realize that an operation for ulnar entrapment has much less chance of a highly satisfactory result than an operation for carpal tunnel syndrome does. The reason for this is unclear.


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