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What to do if I have cubital tunnel syndrome do you know of any physiotherapy exercises that could help my condition?

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

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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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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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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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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Will i lose the ability to use my hands from cubital tunnel syndrome?

Will i lose the ability to use my hands from cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: you can lose dexterity of your hand . The ring and little fingers claw and you have a hard time making a fist. You atrophy your muscle on top of the hand between the thumb and index . You start dropping things ...Read more

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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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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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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 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

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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