Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that involves pressure on  or stretching of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. This may cause numbness or tingling in the ring or small fingers; pain in the forearm and / or weakness in the hand.

Diagnosis

Dr Watson will assess your hand and determine whether your signs and symptoms are consistent with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

Nerve conduction studies may be required to confirm the diagnosis and site of compression.

Treatment

Initially, treatment involves avoiding the actions that cause the symptoms. Postural modifications e.g wrapping a loose towel around the elbow or a splint may be useful at night time. Hand therapy may also be useful.

Surgery may be indicated to relieve the pressure on the nerve. This may involve releasing the nerve or moving the nerve to allow a more tension free pathway.