Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve goes through 2 very tight anatomic spaces: one at the elbow, and one at the side of the wrist. When the pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, then numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand, and/or fingers, and over time can even lead to weakness of hand function.
Because the ulnar nerve passes through the elbow, it must stretch around the bony ridge when you bend your elbow. This stretching can irritate the nerve which can be very painful. At night, if you sleep with your elbows bent, you can wake up with your fingers asleep because the nerve was stretched for a long period of time.
Cubital tunnel syndrome can cause an aching pain on the inside of the elbow. Most of the symptoms, however, occur in your hand.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMS OF CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME AND EVALUATING YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS, SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. DANIEL DURAND TODAY.
In many cases of cubital tunnel syndrome, the exact cause is not known. The ulnar nerve is especially vulnerable to compression at the elbow because it must travel through a narrow space with very little soft tissue to protect it.
There are several things that can cause pressure on the nerve at the elbow:
This condition is diagnosed by the physical examination of your arm by a certified hand surgeon and is confirmed with a lab test called an electromyogram.
Dr. Durand will discuss your medical history and general health. He may also ask about your work, your activities, and what medications you are taking.
WHEN SEEKING A DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT, IT’S BETTER TO SEE A DOCTOR SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. ONCE A CONDITION IS SEVERE, THE DISEASES ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO CORRECT.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY TO AVOIDING PERMANENT DAMAGE. DEPENDING ON YOUR DIAGNOSIS, NONSURGICAL TREATMENT MAY BE AN OPTION.
There are a few different procedures to help treat Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Dr. Daniel Durand will take the time to carefully outline the various options available to you along with the benefits and risks associated with each procedure during your comprehensive one-on-one consultation.
Your doctor may recommend surgery to take pressure off of the nerve if:
There are a few surgical procedures that will relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Dr. Durand will talk with you about the option that would be best for you.
NOT ALL HAND AND WRIST CONDITIONS REQUIRE SURGICAL SOLUTIONS. OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LESS SEVERE ISSUES. IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME SYMPTOMS, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. DANIEL DURAND TODAY!
Dr. Durand will take the time to carefully outline the various options available to you along with the benefits and risks associated with each procedure during your comprehensive one-on-one consultation.