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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

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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

Dr. Richard Makowiec
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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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

Not uncommon: Cubital tunnel syndrome is the second most common compressive neuropathy of the upper extremity. While it is not rare, it is not as common as carpal tunnel syndrome. Both present differently with cubital tunnel syndrome more commonly causing numbness and tingling in the small finger and 1/2 of the ring finger. In more advanced cases, there can be loss of coordination and muscle in the hand. ...Read more

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Cubital tunnel syndrome involves which tendons or muscles?

Nerves: Cubital tunnel syndrome is compression of the ulnar nerve as it crosses the inside (or medial) portion of the elbow. The symptoms usually involves numbness or tingling in the medial part of the hand (4th and 5th fingers). ...Read more

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When should you go to the doctor for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Soon: Nerve compression syndromes like cubital tunnel syndrome have better rests when treated earlier rather than later. As the nerve compression becomes more severe there is a less likely chance for conservative management to relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for cubital tunnel syndrome?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for cubital tunnel syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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How do people get cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

Ulnar nerve pressure: 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. With age and certain medical conditions, nerves become more susceptible to compression and tissues become stiff. ...Read more

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Is ulnar neuropathy the same diagnosis as cubital tunnel syndrome?

Is ulnar neuropathy the same diagnosis as cubital tunnel syndrome?

Possibly: If ulnar neuropathy is secondary to nerve entrapment at the elbow, then the term used to describe the condition is "cubical tunnel syndrome" ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

What symptoms are associated with cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

Numbness: 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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Can it be possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Can it be possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Yes: I am regularly referred patients for EMG from primary care as ?carpal tunnel syndrome who turn out to have cubital tunnel syndrome so clearly the answer is yes. However careful attention to the anatomical distribution of the symptoms should usually indicate clearly which it is. A few patients have both conditions simultaneously ...Read more

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Are there any similarities between carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Both are primarily due to compression. The median nerve at the wrist, the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The surgical goal to treat both problems is to decompress the nerve. Obviously these are different nerves. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Different nerves: Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the medial ( inside) of the elbow, where we say the "funny bone" is. It causes numbness in the small finger and part of the ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist and causes numbness in the thumb , index and long fingers. Both syndromes can cause weakness of grip. ...Read more

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I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my dominate arm. Will having surgery be a good option?

Depends: There are conservative options for cubital tunnel syndrome but the response to them can be variable. If your symptoms are bad enough to warrant surgery, then surgery can be very helpful often with complete resolution of symptoms. There are a variety of surgeries out there including endoscopic, in situ and transposition surgeries. Speak to your surgeon about which is best for you. ...Read more

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I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my left elbow and it is starting in my right. It is not bad enough for surgery. What can I do to ease the pain?

I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my left elbow and it is starting in my right. It is not bad enough for surgery. What can I do to ease the pain?

Conservative care: May include splinting and nsaids but conserve care is not appropriate for everyone or for ever case of this. It depends upon many factors, such magnitude of the problem, other health issues, results of studies, vocation , structural anatomy, and others. ...Read more

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What is cubital tunnel caused from what is cubital tunnel syndrome caused from. Can it be from being on a computer to much. Is it like carpel tunnel?

What is cubital tunnel caused from what is cubital tunnel syndrome caused from. Can it be from being on a computer to much. Is it like carpel tunnel?

Contrary : 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 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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How to tell if I am suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome?

Main symptoms of it:: 1: pain in the arm or starting in the elbow area ; radiating, either to the little/ring fingers (sometimes to middle one as well), or going up towards the shoulder/neck are; 2: numbness/tingling affecting the same area, ie, arm, 4/5th fingers, wrist on the little finger side; 3: weakness in the hand; 4; waking up with numbness/tingling ; 5: in severe cases, atrophy of muscles over the inner hand. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Cubital tunnel syndrome?

Ulnar nerve compress: 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. ...Read more