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Understanding Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a frustrating condition that causes discomfort and makes it difficult for you to perform everyday activities. Fortunately, effective treatment is available for people suffering from this condition.

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve is stretched or under pressure. This nerve is found on the inner portion of the elbow. When the nerve is compromised, it leads to a number of symptoms that disrupt your daily life. Some of the most common symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome include:

  • Pins and needles, especially in the ring and pinky finger.
  • Loss of sensation.
  • Pain.
  • Weakness in the arm or hand.
  • Clumsiness.

How is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, the first step in diagnosing the condition is to visit a qualified physician. He or she will examine your arm and ask you about your symptoms. Your doctor may also order tests designed to rule out other problems, such as thyroid disease or diabetes. In some cases, if your doctor strongly suspects Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, he or she will order nerve testing to determine the extent and severity of your condition.

Available Treatments

If your hand doctor determines that you are suffering from Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, several treatments may be beneficial. Some of the treatment options for this condition include:

  • Conservative measures – To attempt to treat this condition without surgery, patients should avoid heavy activity that involves the affected arm. Patients should also avoid flexing their elbow as much as possible, especially while sleeping.
  • Endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression – Endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression is a surgical procedure designed specifically for patients with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. This procedure involves the use of an endoscope to identify the ulnar nerve and free it from adhesions. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so no hospital stay is required.
  • Submuscular ulnar nerve transposition – Submuscular ulnar nerve transposition is an extensive surgery that involves a much more difficult procedure and a longer recovery period than endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression. Fortunately, thanks to the development of endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression, this procedure is no longer required for most patients.

Seeking Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

If you think that you may be suffering from Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, you can resolve your symptoms with the right treatment. Call the Florida Hand Center today to schedule an appointment with a qualified, experienced hand doctor.