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How long can symptoms from cubital tunnel syndrome last before it's considered permanent damage to the Ulnar nerve?

How long can symptoms from cubital tunnel syndrome last before it's considered permanent damage to the Ulnar nerve?

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

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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Is cubital tunnel syndrome rare?

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?

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's the process for cubital tunnel syndrome?

Pinched nerve: Cubital tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve in the elbow. It typically causes numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers. ...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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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?

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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What is cubital tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?

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

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What are the effects of having cubital tunnel syndrome?

Numbness: Numbness in the pinkie amd ring finger associated with inner elbow pain ...Read more

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How fast can I make my cubital tunnel syndrome go away?

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

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Please advise me what to do for cubital tunnel syndrome?

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

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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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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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Cubital tunnel syndrome. What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

Brace and NSAIIDS: A brace used at night to keep your arm in extension as well as nsaids, can be helpful... ...Read more