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

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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Have cubital tunnel syndrome both elbows? Its mild, using elbow splints daily, is it ok to do weight training (free weights) or will make worse?

Have cubital tunnel syndrome both elbows? Its mild, using elbow splints daily, is it ok to do weight training (free weights) or will make worse?

Would be cautious.: If your weight training involves any elbow flexion and extension, you can potentially increase trauma to your nerves, and require ulnar nerve transposition surgery. ...Read more

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Had tennis elbow and cubital tunnel surgery this morning about 9a with nerve block, my arm is just as numb as when I left center, should I be concern?

Had tennis elbow and cubital tunnel surgery this morning about 9a with nerve block, my arm is just as numb as when I left center, should I be concern?

No: These nerve blocks can last for a few days on occasion. It may actually be saving you a lot of agony at the moment. You should start to regain sensation and pain in the next 24 hours. ...Read more

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Doctor told me I have cubital tunnel in left elbow but now left arm shakes uncontrollably and now right arm is hurting what is going on?

Doctor told me I have cubital tunnel in left elbow but now left arm shakes uncontrollably and now right arm is hurting what is going on?

U need to get tested: By an orthopedist and possibly by a neurologist to confirm the dx. One can get pain with the cubital t syndrome. You might have a neck (spine) problem if both sides are affected. ...Read more

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My fiance has to have cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. What is this like?

My fiance has to have cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. What is this like?

Depends on surgery: I assume you are talking about Cubital tunnel release. There are a few options for treatment including endoscopic and open surgery. I perform an endoscopic release and allow immediate motion and return to activity at 1 week. The open procedures use a larger incision and either simply release the tunnel or move the nerve to a new location. These procedures require a longer recovery up to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my fiance has to have cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. I was just wondering what she will have to go through.?

What do you suggest if my fiance has to have cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. I was just wondering what she will have to go through.?

Medial epicondylecto: Find an orthopaedic surgeon who treats ulnar nerve compression at the elbow. I personally prefer to do a medial epicondylectomy and neurolysis of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Many methods exist including transfer of the ulnar nerve, but over the last 30 years I have had great results without any recurrence. ...Read more

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I bumped my elbow real hard, can this cause cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: This is the "funny bone" area, and if digits 4 and 5 started tingling and went numb and stayed that way, this implicates swelling and bruising in the cubital tunnel. So, it is not the transient injury, but the subsequent persistence of symptoms. See your doctor if this is lasting. ...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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Could use your help docs! My fiance has cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. I was just wondering what she will have to go through?

Could use your help docs! My fiance has cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. I was just wondering what she will have to go through?

Sometimes surgery: Cubital tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition where the ulnar nerve gets compressed on the inside of the elbow. Severe forms require surgery to decompress or move the nerve. Less severe forms often improve with conservative treatment. This condition is usually aggravated by sleeping with the elbows bent. Conservative treatment involves a splint to keep the elbow straight at night. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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Is having a snapping elbow and wrist normal when having cubital tunnel syndrome?

Is having a snapping elbow and wrist normal when having cubital tunnel syndrome?

Ulnar nerve: Cubital tunnel syndrome is compression of the ulnar nerve at the medial elbow causing numbness and para thesis to the little finger and ulnar half of the ring finger. Can cause weakness of the interosseous muscles of the hand, but not associated with snapping at the elbow or wrist. ...Read more

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Suspected cubital tunnel syndrome, NCS normal, what is the protocol now, can anything else be tested/be wrong, concerned ill be left with a bad elbow?

Suspected cubital tunnel syndrome, NCS normal, what is the protocol now, can anything else be tested/be wrong, concerned ill be left with a bad elbow?

Elbow: Rest, NSAIDs, avoid activities that increase pain, avoid compressing medial elbow against chair rests, car rests for arms, soft pillow pad at nite, some pt.. If persists can have MRI of elbow, can also repeat ncv in 3 months ...Read more

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Am wearing a new elbow support due to cubital tunnel syndrome but all five fingers get a little swollen. Normal?

Too tight: Your elbow support device is more protective than therapeutic, in that it may allow nerve to heal without re-injury. But, can use it, just loosen as that is why your hand is swelling. Maybe you will notice some benefit over next several weeks, but if not, might try to see hand specialist. ...Read more

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Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound (+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Post medial dislocation of left elbow small puncture wound (+) near the left cubital fossa I can't benddown, is it normal?

Bad injury: Limited motion is normal after such a severe injury. You are going to need therapy when ur doctor clears u ...Read more

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What are other splints/braces to wear besides an elbow splint when experiencing Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

What are other splints/braces to wear besides an elbow splint when experiencing Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Nothing really...: Cubital tunnel is a problem of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The only splint that makes sense is an elbow splint/brace. The goal of the brsce is to prevent extreme flexion of the elbow which causes pressure on the nerve. ...Read more

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What body parts can you train at the gym if you have cubital tunnel syndrome or ulner nerve entrapment in general specifically at the elbow?

What body parts can you train at the gym if you have cubital tunnel syndrome or ulner nerve entrapment in general specifically at the elbow?

Avoid flexion: There are no known exercises that are known to help cubital tunnel syndrome; which, as you said is an entrapment syndrome of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Flexion and direct pressure can aggravate it, so avoiding flexion of the elbow can help in mild cases. Even to the point we used to have patients use a knee pad and put it in the elbow reversed to keep the elbow straight. ...Read more

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Would the sharp pain from R elbow down that causes numbness & tingling in pinky, ring, middle fingers & now index be cubital tunnel? Thank you!!

Would the sharp pain from R elbow down that causes numbness & tingling in pinky, ring, middle fingers & now index be cubital tunnel? Thank you!!

No, ? TOS: 30's female with parasthesias in 5-2 fingers suggests primary neural impingement to be occurring in region of shoulder girdle brachial neural plexus, and concern is raised for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A Neurologist is skillful at localizing neural disorders. ...Read more