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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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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 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?

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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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

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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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Is cubital tunnel syndrome rare?

No: it is not rare but less prevalent than carpal tunnel syndrome for every 20 carpal tunnels i do one cubital tunnel release ...Read more

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What exactly is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Pinched nerve elbow : When the ulnar nerve is compressed at the elbow, you may experience numbness in the ring and small fingers, and hand weakness or clumsiness. This is cubital tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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What do u do for cubital tunnel syndrome?

What do u do for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Seek medical care: Cubital tunnel is compression of the ulnar nerve behind the inside of the elbow. Any activity that keeps the elbow bent can compress the nerve. The symptoms start with a funny feeling in the arm then intermittent numbness of the little and part of the ring finger starts. This can wake one at night. If ignored one can develope permanent numbness and hand weakness. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

What are symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

Numbness/weakness: Typical compression of ulnar nerve at elbow results in numbness and tingling over digits 4 and 5 in the hand. The elbow is sensitive to touch resulting in tingling shooting down arm. Weakness involving spreading of index and little finger not uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Exam and EMG/NCV: Cubital tunnel syndrome can usually be reliably diagnosed with a comprehensive history and physical exam. Electrodiagnostic studies such as emg/ncv can provide objective supportive data. If there is a mass or tumor (not a common cause) sometimes imaging studies: xray, mri, or ultrasound can be used. ...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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What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

Numbness, pain: 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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What kind of condition is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Cubital tunnel : Cubital tunnel is a compression of the ulnar at the elbow. The symptoms involve numbness and tingling into the little and ring fingers. It may require surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve. ...Read more

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