Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when
the ulnar nerve, which passes through the cubital tunnel( a tunnel of
muscle,ligament and bone)on the inside of the elbow,becomes compressed due to
chronic irritation,injury or pressure. The condition may occur when a person
frequently bends the elbows(such as when pulling, reaching,or
lifting),constantly leans on the elbow,or sustains Direct injury to the area.
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome
Numbness in the hand and/or ring and little finger
Hand and thumb clumsiness due to muscle weakness.
The symptoms of cubital tunnel
syndrome may resemble other medical condition or problems,including medial
epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
In addition to complete a medical
history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for cubial tunnel
syndrome may include the following:
Nerve conduction study test. A test to determine how
fast signals travel down a nerve to detect a compression or constriction.
Electromyogram (EMG). A test to evaluate nerve and
muscle function; a test of the forearm muscles controlled by the ulnar
nerve. If the muscles do not function properly, this may indicate that the
ulnar nerve is not functioning properly.
Treatment for cubital tunnel
The most effective treatment for
cubital tunnel syndrome is the cessation Of activity that is causing the
problem. Treatment may include:
Reducing or ceasing any activity, such as bending, that
aggravates the Condition.
A splint or foam elbow pad worn at night(to limit movement
and reduce Irritation)
Elbow pad (to protect against chronic irritation from