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How does cubital tunnel syndrome occur?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that can make it difficult for you to use your arm, hand, and fingers properly. This condition usually develops because of a combination of factors.

What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve, which runs near the ulnar bone in the inner aspect of your elbow (also known as the ‘funny bone’), becomes stretched or is inflamed. This leads to several uncomfortable symptoms, including weakness in the hand, pain in the elbow and tingling and/or numbness in the small and ring fingers.

Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Some of the risk factors that may lead to the development of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

  • Movement of the nerve – Because of the anatomy of the elbow, it is possible for the ulnar nerve to snap back and forth when you move your elbow. If this snapping occurs too frequently, the ulnar nerve can become irritated.
  • Stretching of the nerve – If the elbow remains bent for extended periods of time, such as during sleep, the ulnar nerve can become stressed.
  • Pressure on the nerve – Direct pressure on the ulnar nerve is a common cause of cubital tunnel syndrome.

Treatment Options

In cases where cubital tunnel syndrome isn’t severe, you may be able to treat the condition simply by avoiding any activities that irritate it. For example, you should avoid putting direct pressure on the area. In cases where cubital tunnel syndrome is causing uncomfortable symptoms or loss of strength, surgery may be required to relieve the pressure on the nerve.

If you are struggling with the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome, effective hand treatment is available. Please contact the Florida Hand Center today to schedule a free hand screening.