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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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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 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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I have cubital tunnel syndrome. I can't get into see the dr before xmas so am wondering how best to help myself. It's worse at night. ?

I have cubital tunnel syndrome. I can't get into see the dr before xmas so am wondering how best to help myself. It's worse at night. ?

Keep elbow straight: The ulnar nerve runs through this tunnel and when bent, it squeezes on the nerve causing your pain/tingling down to your hand/fingers (more 4th+5th fingers). Thus, keeping your elbow straight and avoid resting the back/inside of elbow on bed/couch/chair. Wearing elbow sleeve may help. Otc motrin/aleve and maybe vitaminb6 can help with pain/numbness. Good luck. ...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?

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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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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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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