handlebar palsy

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An ulnar neuropathy caused by repeated irritation of a deep branch of the ulnar nerve in the palm of the hand. Initial symptoms are tingling or numbness in the hands. It can lead to a chronic weakness of the muscles supplied by the nerve. It is an overuse injury common among cyclists, which can be prevented by protecting the hands with padded gloves and frequently changing the position of the hands on the handlebars. Upright or aero bars may also reduce the stress. In the initial stages. conservative treatment (e.g. rest and anti-inflammatories) is usually successful, but once motor weakness is established, surgery maybe required.

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