Cubital tunnel syndrome is a painful condition affecting the ulnar nerve, which runs through the elbow. In most cases, cubital tunnel can be cured with the right treatment plan.
What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve becomes compressed. The most common cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is long-term damage to the ulnar nerve. For example, if you rest on your elbows often, you may be putting too much strain on this nerve. This condition may also occur when the tissues surrounding this nerve become less flexible or put pressure on the nerve because of an injury to the area.
If you have cubital tunnel syndrome, you may notice tingling and numbness in your pinky finger and/or ring finger. In severe cases, cubital tunnel syndrome may lead to clawing of your fingers, muscle loss and clumsiness.
How Is It Cured?
Several different treatments may be effective for patients with cubital tunnel syndrome. Some of the hand treatment options your doctor may recommend for this condition include:
- Activity modification – If your case is mild, your doctor may recommend modifying your activities to avoid putting pressure on the elbow. You may also be instructed to keep your elbow out of an excessively bent or flexed position.
- Surgery – In cases where conservative treatments don’t resolve the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome effectively, or if your symptoms are particularly severe, your doctor may recommend surgery. Most patients will benefit most from a minimally-invasive surgical technique that frees the ulnar nerve from adhesions. This procedure is performed with an endoscope and requires only a small incision.
If you are struggling with cubital tunnel syndrome, seeking treatment before the condition worsens is highly recommended. Please call the Florida Hand Center today to make an appointment and learn more about your treatment options.