Ulnar nerve entrapment and cubital tunnel syndrome are used interchangeably to describe the cause of pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the hands or arms, reports WebMD, resulting from pressure or damage to the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Although they seem to describe different issues, both terms describe the same cause of pain.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Also Known as Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, Occurs at the Elbow.
The ulnar nerve passes through the elbow and is particularly susceptible to injury. When an injury or damage occurs to the joint, the nerve is incapable of functioning properly, resulting in a diagnosis of ulnar nerve entrapment. However, chronic, long-term use of the elbow, such as repetitive activities or resting on the elbows too much is the most common cause of entrapment.
What Type of Treatment Exists?
The type of treatment to reduce the pressure of the nerve depends on the unique lifestyle of the person suffering from pain. In most cases, initial refraining from placing stress on the inner elbow is recommended. However, if the symptoms recur or worsen, endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression may be necessary, which is a newer, minimally invasive procedure to surgically remove pressure on the ulnar nerve. Furthermore, surgical options may be necessary for extreme cases of severe nerve damage.
Find out What Type of Treatment Is Best for Your Unique Case Today.
Living with the pain and annoyance of cubital tunnel syndrome can be difficult at best. With time, the ulnar nerve degrades, and even reduced use of the joint may be ineffective to reduce symptoms. Long term untreated cubital tunnel syndrome can cause muscle atrophy and “clawing” of the ring and small fingers of the affected arm. If you experience pain, numbness or tingling in your elbows or hands, you may be living with ulnar nerve entrapment. Contact the Florida Hand Center online or by calling 1-941-625-3782 to find out what you can do for your upper extremity complaint.