Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Ulnar nerve impingement at the cubital tunnel is called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. The ulnar nerve becomes compressed with external pressure over the inside of the elbow or bending the elbow more than 90 degrees.

Symptoms

Some of the common complaints from those with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome include:

  • ‘Funny feeling’ in the little finger and half of the ring finger
    • Tingling
    • Pins and needles
    • Numbness
    • Itching
  • Pain on the inside of the elbow
  • Irritated feeling on the inside of the elbow
  • Pain on the little finger side of the wrist

Diagnosis

Here are some of the ways Health Professionals can diagnose Cubital Tunnel Syndrome:

  • Tinel’s Test
  • Fixed Elbow Flexion Test
  • Scratch Test
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI

Treatment

As a hand therapist I do recommend conservative treatment as a first step and hand therapy does produce very successful results. Some of the techniques we use include:

  • Finding out how the ulnar nerve is being compressed in the first place and working to prevent this
  • Night splinting to take the pressure off the ulnar nerve
  • Workstation set up
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Ulnar nerve exercises
  • Exercises for the flexor muscles of the forearm

Should conservative treatment not be successful we will help refer you to the best specialist; whose treatment may include:

  • Surgical release
  • Corticosteroid injection

 

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