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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

Ulnar Nerve: Are you referring to cubital tunnel syndrome where compression of your ulnar nerve is causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness into the hand? Usually this can be treated by decreasing the amount of time you are in a flexed elbow position at work, in a car, and during sleep. A small knee pain on your elbow with the pad in the front will help you keep your arm straight at night. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome? I got elbow pain, tingling in thumb, middle, index and ring, sometimes pinkie

How to tell difference between carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome? I got elbow pain, tingling in thumb, middle, index and ring, sometimes pinkie

NCV/EMG: Truth be told, there's a lot of symptom overlap amongst the compressive neuropathies of the arm. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome can radiate symptoms up to the shoulder. Your best bet would be getting a nerve conduction velocity with EMG. Technically you could have both issues, and this test can elucidate that as well. ...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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Hi, I have just been told I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my right elbow and would like to know more about treating it please? Nicola

Hi, I have just been told I have cubital tunnel syndrome in my right elbow and would like to know more about treating it please? Nicola

OTC anti-inflamitory: The treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome is aimed in reducing and alleviating the presenting symptoms. Here are the following interventions for cubital tunnel syndrome: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs These can help in alleviating the pain and inflammation that took place in the affected area Avoidance of trauma to the "funny bone" area where he ulnar nerve is. ...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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What symptoms are associated with cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

What symptoms are associated with cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

Numbness: 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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How do people get cubital tunnel syndrome or "cell phone elbow"?

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 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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Could use your help docs! my fiance has cubital tunnel syndrome on both her elbows. I was just wondering what she will have to go through?

Sometimes surgery: Cubital tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition where the ulnar nerve gets compressed on the inside of the elbow. Severe forms require surgery to decompress or move the nerve. Less severe forms often improve with conservative treatment. This condition is usually aggravated by sleeping with the elbows bent. Conservative treatment involves a splint to keep the elbow straight at night. ...Read more

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I bumped my elbow real hard, can this cause cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: This is the "funny bone" area, and if digits 4 and 5 started tingling and went numb and stayed that way, this implicates swelling and bruising in the cubital tunnel. So, it is not the transient injury, but the subsequent persistence of symptoms. See your doctor if this is lasting. ...Read more