Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist but it occurs at the elbow. The ulnar nerve is the nerve that passes through the cubital tunnel. It is also known as the “funny bone.” Ulnar nerve compression can happen in the wrist or in the elbow. You will experience numbness and tingling in the 4th and 5th digits of your hand. More commonly it happens in the elbow.
Injury to the elbow can cause cubital tunnel syndrome. Symptoms can occur even several years after an injury. Arthritis can also cause cubital tunnel. Sleeping with elbows and/or wrists flexed can increase or contribute to your symptoms. If left untreated, it can lead to muscle atrophy in the hand.
There are many non operative treatment options. Wearing an elbow splint at night to avoid elbow flexion. Many patients also get relief from vitamin B6. Also, many Chiropractors are trained in extremity adjusting and can make sure your elbow and or wrist is not subluxated (out of place, putting pressure on the nerve). NSAIDS can be helpful as well.
If your symptoms are not getting better after conservative treatment, then you should seek the care of an Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the upper extremity.
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