We commonly treat patients with pain over the ulnar aspect of the wrist.
Often this follows a fall on the outstretched hand or an injury involving forceful twisting of the forearm. This can be associated with a feeling of weakness, clicking & clunking, tendonitis of ECU and occasionally irritation of the ulnar nerve. The distal radio-ulnar joint can also be involved.
Ulnar sided wrist pain is a common problem following fractured radius (Colle’s fracture at the wrist), where there is a degree of radial shortening, resulting in an apparent positive ulnar varience. This places increased loading across the ulnar head onto the ulnar disc and associated ligaments causing problematic pain which is slow to settle.