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How Long Should Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Last
How long can symptoms from cubital tunnel syndrome last before it's considered permanent damage to the Ulnar nerve?
It's not the duration of the symptoms, it's the severity. If there is a lot of weakness in moving the fingers together and apart for example, there is a motor deficit, and that indicates a need to be aggressive.
It is handy to test this by placing a card between the fingers and ask someone to pull it out. There should be some resistance there. With weakness, the card falls out right away. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
Funny bone: Your ulnar nerve travels through a little tunnel on the inside of your elbow. Any swelling, inflammation, etc of this tunnel can lead to cubital tunnel. Keep your elbows protected, due not rest them onto hard surfaces, and sometimes occupational therapy is helpful. If all else fails, or you notes severe muscle atrophy/weakness of the hand, you may require a surgery to decompress the nerve. ...Read more
Cubital tunnel fix: There is no quick way to cure it; it depend on what's causing it. The problem could be from injury to the elbow, significant degenerative changes (arthritis), repetitive and/or prolonged elbow bending, or prolonged/repetitive pressure. It may also come as a consequence of endocrine problems, like diabetes, or the presence of a cyst or tumor. So, treatment is dependent on the cause. ...Read more
Depends...: Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve entrapment @ elbow) is the 2nd most common peripheral nerve comp. Of the upper extremity (carpal tunnel synd. Most common). U may try nsaids, sleeping in an elbow ext. Brace @ night (a bit cumbersome) and avoid bumping elbow, etc and time. If no improvement ulnar nerve release w/ or w/o transposition yields good results in> 90% of patients. Best of luck! ...Read more
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
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
? carpel tunnel: If you mean carpel tunnel syndrome, it is not uncommon. ...Read more
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
Cubital tunnel syndrome is common, need to be differentialted from medial and lateral epicondylitis--work may have a significant
contributions, particularly heavy tools, maintaing arm in fixed position, need to ask pcp, neurology about effect of work on your conditions-may be surgery or work modification may help. ...Read more
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
What is cubital tunnel syndrome? Please can I have some statistics on the age range and how many people out of 100 will get it? Is it hard to treat?
Ulnar nerve: The cubical tunnel transmits the ulnar nerve along the inside of the elbow. If the tunnel becomes too tight, the ulnar nerve can become compressed and cause elbow pain as well as numbness and/or pain running into the fourth and fifth fingers of the hand. Frequency increases with age. Mild cases can be treated by reducing pressure and flex ion at elbow; surgery for severe cases. ...Read more
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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Carpal tunnel: Sorry I answered re carpal tunnel.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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