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Is cubital tunnel syndrome permanent?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects the elbow, making it difficult to perform normal movements without discomfort. Fortunately, cubital tunnel syndrome does not have to be permanent. 

What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when your ulnar nerve, which runs through your elbow, is compressed. When this nerve is compressed suddenly, you may experience an "electrical shock" a sensation that goes down the arm and into the fingers. However, if the compression is chronic, or if the nerve is damaged by an injury, you may experience numbness and/or be tingling in your ring finger and your pinky. 

Is It Permanent?

Cubital tunnel syndrome does not need to be permanent. In some cases, cubital tunnel syndrome may resolve on its own with only conservative treatments. For example, if you experience only mild symptoms, or if you experience symptoms intermittently, you may be able to get relief by modifying your activities to avoid putting pressure on the ulnar nerve. 

However, in some cases, cubital tunnel syndrome persists even when you attempt to make changes to your activities. If this occurs, more intensive hand treatment may help you deal with the condition. One of the most popular treatments utilized to treat patients with cubital tunnel syndrome is surgery. Several different surgical techniques have been used to treat this condition. Today, most of the procedures used are minimally-invasive and designed to cause as little damage to the nearby tissues as possible. 

The most common procedure used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome today is endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression. This procedure works by making a small incision in your skin and inserting an endoscope to guide the procedure. Using this tool, the surgeon identifies the ulnar nerve and frees it from adhesions. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and no general anesthesia is required.