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How To Treat Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why: Cubital tunnel syndrome can be aggravated by some work activities especially those that require prolonged elbow flexion, direct pressure on the elbow, or the use of vibratory tools. It may not be too many hours but rather the type of work that is being done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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