Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar nerve entrapment, occurs when the arm’s ulnar nerve becomes compressed through a combination of factors, such as sleeping with bent arms, fluid buildup around the elbow, or a direct hit to the elbow during sports. The ulnar nerve runs from the neck to the hand, traveling through a passageway of tissue called the cubital tunnel.
What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?
A few of the most common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include:
- Throbbing elbow pain
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the ring and little fingers, particularly when the elbow is bent
- Difficulty moving your fingers
- A weakened grip
If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, be sure to consult with a physician if they become severe or if they linger for longer than six weeks. Untreated ulnar nerve entrapment may progress to cause muscle wasting, which cannot be reversed.
How is cubital tunnel syndrome treated?
If you have been diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome, your treatment will likely begin with nonsurgical therapies to help relieve compression and reduce symptoms. Many patients are able to improve their condition through bracing, splinting, or strategic exercises to help guide the ulnar nerve into proper position. In the event that conservative methods are not effective, minimally invasive surgery to release the ulnar nerve may be recommended.
Are you experiencing symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome? If so, Orthopaedic Specialists in the Greater Pittsburgh Region can provide the expert care you need. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment.