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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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What is the difference between tennis elbow and cubital tunnel syndrome?

Tendon vs. nerve: Tennis elbow is a tendon problem on the outside of the elbow. Cubital tunnel is inflammation, compression and/or injury to the ulnar nerve at/near the elbow in an area called the cubital tunnel. Tennis elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow, esp. With gripping and grabbing. Cubital tunnel gives you pain, burning and numbness involving the medial elbow, down the to ring and pinkie fingers. ...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