Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Do You Live with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Your hands rely on nerves that run down your arms and into your fingers. These nerves include the ulnar nerve, which is located on the inside of your arm and runs through the cubital tunnel, located near the inside of your elbow. Over time, the ulnar nerve can become compressed, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, and hand weakness.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Because there is very little protective padding near your elbow, your ulnar nerve is susceptible to pressure from activities that place weight or pressure on that part of the arm. This pressure can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or hand weakness. While the general causes of the cubital tunnel syndrome are well understood, the exact cause of a patient's cubital tunnel syndrome usually is not known.

Some people experience symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome in their elbows, radiating down to the fourth and fifth fingers of their affected hand. Depending on the severity of the compression, you may experience:

  • Tingling or numbness.
  • Pain or numbness when your elbow is bent or resting on a hard surface.
  • Weakened grip and general muscle weakness.

How Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed and Treated?

During your exam, your physician will test your hand strength and look for signs of nerve irritability. An EMG or nerve conduction study may also help rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.

If you have cubital tunnel syndrome and your symptoms are limited, changes in the way you rest your arm in order to avoid pressure on the nerve may be effective. Additionally, splints and protective padding may be recommended to minimize pressure on the nerve.

If non-invasive treatments aren’t effective, your doctor may recommend surgery. The long-term prognosis for patients who have cubital tunnel surgery is usually positive.

MHS Specialists Provide Collaborative Care for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

At your initial appointment, your MHS physician will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your condition before customizing the best treatment plan for your needs. If your physician recommends therapy, our experienced occupational therapists will work closely with your physician throughout the treatment plan to ensure you progress as expected.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.