Many people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, while Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a slightly lesser known condition. As both have ‘tunnel’ in the name, it’s correct to assume there are some similarities between the conditions, but there are also notable differences.
While people often experience symptoms of both conditions in their fingers, Carpal Tunnel typically causes numbness particularly the thumb, index finger, long finger, and half of the ring finger. Conversely, people typically experience symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome in their elbows, radiating down to the fourth and fifth fingers of their affected hand.
Carpal Tunnel symptoms manifest when the median nerve is compressed in the wrist. Cubital Tunnel symptoms present following compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow. The ulnar nerve runs down the arm into the hand and forearm.
Both Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel involve the compression of a nerve through a narrow passageway, and both can cause pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand. Both conditions can also weaken the hand and make everyday tasks more difficult or even dangerous.
People with certain medical conditions are at increased risk for both Cubital Tunnel and Carpal Tunnel. Diabetes, carrying excessive weight and pregnancy are all factors that increase the risk of developing these conditions.
It’s important to seek professional advice for both Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel as both conditions, if left untreated, can ultimately lead to permanent nerve damage.
Fortunately, both Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel can be addressed by a hand specialist and multiple options exist for management and treatment of both of these conditions. If you believe you’re suffering from either condition, make sure to find a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in the hand for the best possible outcome. The staff at Midwest Hand Surgery is here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment or call us at 630-359-6888.
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