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what are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Numbness, pain: Typically cubital tunnel syndrome will manifest as numbness and/or tingling in the small finger and the ulnar or outside half of the ring finger. More advanced cases can cause pain about the medial elbow, weakness and clumsiness in the hand and eventually muscle wastig in the hand.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Cubital Tunnel: Cubital tunnel is a syndrome characterized by numbness and tingling in the small and ring finger. As the problem worsens, symptoms go from intermittent to constant. In later stages, hand may become weak and/or clumsy, especially with fine motor activities (buttoning a shirt). Many note symptoms worsen with elbow flexion.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Numbness/tingling.: Cubital tunnel syndrome is due to compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in the small and ulnar half of the ring finger, pain, and hand weakness. Extreme elbow flexion and pressure on the medial (inside) part of the elbow can exacerbate symptoms. Treatment consists of therapy, oral/injectable steroids and surgery to release and/or move the ulnar nerve.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Numbness, pain, weak: Cubital tunnel involves inflammation, injury or compression of the ulnar nerve at or near the elbow. Common symptoms including pain and aching around the inside of the elbow, numbness involving the 4th and 5th fingers (ring and pinky) and weakness of some of the hand muscles, especially those that spread and close the fingers. Symptoms often worsen at night as many hyperflex their elbows.
Dr. Ramsey Ellis
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Muscle denervation: It is important to note that untreated compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow can result in permanent hand weakness. If you have any symptoms of weakness in the hand, seek evaluation by a surgeon dedicated to disorders of the hand and upper extremity.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Numbness/weakness: Typical compression of ulnar nerve at elbow results in numbness and tingling over digits 4 and 5 in the hand. The elbow is sensitive to touch resulting in tingling shooting down arm. Weakness involving spreading of index and little finger not uncommon.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Cubital tunnel is: Compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Findngs include numbness in the little and part of the ring finger, numnbess on the back of the hand on the little finger side, weakness of the small hand muscles , weakness of the flexor tendon to the little and ring fingers and to a strong tendon on the inside of your wrist. The degree, extent, severity of these findings and actual symptoms varies.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What kind of condition is cubital tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Cubital tunnel : Cubital tunnel is a compression of the ulnar at the elbow. The symptoms involve numbness and tingling into the little and ring fingers. It may require surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor sees somebody for cubital tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Hand surgeon: For surgery fellowship trained hand surgeon special trained orthopedist one year of additional focused training in upper extremity surgery a general orthopedist for nonsurgical care surgical care for cubital tunnel does not enjoy the same excellent sucess rate as carpal tunnel proceed informed carefully to surgery my opinion.
A member asked:

How common is it for somebody to get cubital tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Too often: I believe you mean carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a condition of narrowing and irritation of the median nerve at the wrist (the carpal area) in which the area supplied in the hand gets numb, tingly and rarely has loss of muscle function. There is occasional pain at the tunnel. Treatment is with ice and nsaids. Some may need injected steroids. A few require unroofing of the tunnel by surgery.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Cubital tunnel syndrome. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

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Dr. Eran Kessous
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Brace and NSAIIDS: A brace used at night to keep your arm in extension as well as nsaids, can be helpful...
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A 26-year-old female asked:

What other problems can cause symptoms very similar to cubital tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. James Reid
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Ulnar Nerve compress: Lower cervical nerve root compression Thoracic outlet syndrome Nerve tumor of the ulnar nerve or lower brachial plexus Ulnar Tunnel syndrome
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Great answer!
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