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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Overview)

This is entrapment or compression at the level of the elbow of the ulnar, nerve. Occurs along course of nerve somewhere between the arcade of Struther's down to the flexor carpi ulnaris. Results in numbness of little finger and half of ring finger, and weakness of intrinsic muscles of the hand. Most common level of compression is at level of medial epicondyle.


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What exactly is cubital tunnel syndrome?

What exactly is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Pinched nerve elbow: When the ulnar nerve is compressed at the elbow, you may experience numbness in the ring and small fingers, and hand weakness or clumsiness. This is cubital tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Makowiec
139 Doctors shared insights

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Overview)

This is entrapment or compression at the level of the elbow of the ulnar, nerve. Occurs along course of nerve somewhere between the arcade of Struther's down to the flexor carpi ulnaris. Results in numbness of little finger and half of ring finger, and weakness of intrinsic muscles of the hand. Most common level of compression is at level of medial epicondyle.


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What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

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I just was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome in my dominant arm. My hand strength was 40 lbs. How concerned should I be?

No major issue: Cubital tunnel merely means the ulnar nerve is being trapped at the elbow, and there are both conservative and surgical approaches that work well. So, this is readily reversible. Your hypothyroidism may/may not have made you a bit susceptible. In your case, at your age, with good medical care, would anticipate virtually complete reversal of symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Exam and EMG/NCV: Cubital tunnel syndrome can usually be reliably diagnosed with a comprehensive history and physical exam. Electrodiagnostic studies such as emg/ncv can provide objective supportive data. If there is a mass or tumor (not a common cause) sometimes imaging studies: xray, mri, or ultrasound can be used. ...Read more

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What is cubital tunnel syndrome caused by being on the computer about 7 hours a day could that cause cubital tunnel syndrome?

What is cubital tunnel syndrome caused by being on the computer about 7 hours a day could that cause cubital tunnel syndrome?

Here: Here is a copy of my answer to another user with the same question:

contrary to popular belief, most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are "idiopathic, " that is, we don't know the cause. Cubital tunnel syndrome is similar. It is compression of the ulnar nerve at the inside of the elbow. Similar to the carpal tunnel, there is a bony base--the medial epicondyle of the humerus--and a ligamentous roof--osborne's ligament.

Why nerves get compressed is still a mystery. However, there are certain things to avoid once you have cubital tunnel syndrome. A tightly flexed elbow, such as when talking on a small cell phone or doing hair and make up, stretches the nerve around the bone. Leaning on the elbows can pinch the nerve more and make symptoms worse. At night, avoid sleeping with the elbows bent or resting on the inner elbow.

Some people have a known cause, such as an old fracture that causes the medial elbow to be longer and therefore stretch the nerve (cubitus valgus). Some people have ulnar nerves that jump out of the groove (subluxate). Others have had a direct impact that injured the nerve.

Most people don't need surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome. It tends to respond well to physical therapy with nerve glides--exercises designed to move the nerve through its tunnel. However, if there is constant numbness or you develop weakness, the nerve may need to be released or moved to a location where it is less likely to be compressed. ...Read more

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What is cubital tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?

Funny bone: Your ulnar nerve travels through a little tunnel on the inside of your elbow. Any swelling, inflammation, etc of this tunnel can lead to cubital tunnel. Keep your elbows protected, due not rest them onto hard surfaces, and sometimes occupational therapy is helpful. If all else fails, or you notes severe muscle atrophy/weakness of the hand, you may require a surgery to decompress the nerve. ...Read more

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Hi, I have just been told I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my right elbow and would like to know more about treating it please? Nicola

OTC anti-inflamitory: The treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome is aimed in reducing and alleviating the presenting symptoms. Here are the following interventions for cubital tunnel syndrome:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

These can help in alleviating the pain and inflammation that took place in the affected area

Avoidance of trauma to the "funny bone" area where he ulnar nerve is. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Depends: Early on cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated with activity modifications (avoid excessive elbow flexion and external compression on the medial elbow). Nerve gliding exercises can help in some mild cases as can oral steroids. Ultimately, only surgery can decompress or take the pressure off the nerve. ...Read more

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

Brace and NSAIIDS: A brace used at night to keep your arm in extension as well as nsaids, can be helpful... ...Read more

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Is cubital tunnel syndrome rare?

No: It is not rare but less prevalent than carpal tunnel syndrome for every 20 carpal tunnels I do one cubital tunnel release ...Read more

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What exactly is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Pinched nerve elbow: When the ulnar nerve is compressed at the elbow, you may experience numbness in the ring and small fingers, and hand weakness or clumsiness. This is cubital tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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What do u do for cubital tunnel syndrome?

What do u do for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Seek medical care: Cubital tunnel is compression of the ulnar nerve behind the inside of the elbow. Any activity that keeps the elbow bent can compress the nerve. The symptoms start with a funny feeling in the arm then intermittent numbness of the little and part of the ring finger starts. This can wake one at night. If ignored one can develope permanent numbness and hand weakness. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

What are symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Exam and EMG/NCV: Cubital tunnel syndrome can usually be reliably diagnosed with a comprehensive history and physical exam. Electrodiagnostic studies such as emg/ncv can provide objective supportive data. If there is a mass or tumor (not a common cause) sometimes imaging studies: xray, mri, or ultrasound can be used. ...Read more

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What's the process for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Pinched nerve: Cubital tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve in the elbow. It typically causes numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers. ...Read more

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What can be done about cubital tunnel syndrome?

What can be done about cubital tunnel syndrome?

Medication -surgery: Cubital tunnel often can be managed conservatively especially if electromyography reveals that there is minimal pressure on the ulnar nerve

mild cases of cubital tunnel syndrome often respond to physical therapies and brcing
in cases where splinting doesn't help or nerve compression is more severe, about 85% of patients respond to some form of surgery to release pressure on the ulnar nerve. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Please tell me can I have cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes and No: The best way to find out the answer to your question is to have a nerve conduction study of the nerve within the cubital tunnel. See either a neurologist or physical medicine doctor, they will gladly help you with this. ...Read more

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What is cubital tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?

Funny bone: Your ulnar nerve travels through a little tunnel on the inside of your elbow. Any swelling, inflammation, etc of this tunnel can lead to cubital tunnel. Keep your elbows protected, due not rest them onto hard surfaces, and sometimes occupational therapy is helpful. If all else fails, or you notes severe muscle atrophy/weakness of the hand, you may require a surgery to decompress the nerve. ...Read more