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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Physical Therapy
What to do if I have cubital tunnel syndrome do you know of any physiotherapy exercises that could help my condition?
Bad design: The ulnar nerve is exposed to the outside world as it crosses the cubital tunnel in the elbow. Avoid those plastic chairs with rigid arm rests and done put any pressure on the nerve. Sometimes physiotherpy helps. Often times however surgery is needed to translocate the nerve to a safer (protected by bone) area in the elbow. There is also something called a shelf epicondylectomy procedure. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Wrists hurting more lately. Can cubital tunnel syndrome be on both hands or just one? Does it ever go away?
Can be bilateral. : Cubital tunnel syndrome can be bilateral. It is due to nerve irritation in the area of the funny bone, on the inside of the elbow. Causes tingling in the small and ring fingers, & can lead to numbness, atrophy and weakness of the hand, and pain. Can start with b-vitamins, anti-inflammatories, stretching and bracing, but may need surgery. Many patients have carpal tunnel too. Get ortho eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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