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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar neuropathy, causes severe pain, numbness, tingling in the ring and little finger and muscle weakness in the hands and arms. It is a close relative of carpal tunnel syndrome and can be induced by strenuous work, sport, or repeated use of the elbow for a sustained period.

A structured rehabilitation programme can help reduce pain and return the elbow to its normal function. In some cases surgery may be required.

Cubital tunnel syndrome Causes

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the nerve that passes close to the surface near the inside edge of the elbow. It can be brought on by repeatedly leaning on or bending the elbow for sustained periods, or from the physical strain of sport or work.

Cubital tunnel syndrome Symptoms

Cubital tunnel syndrome causes severe pain, numbness and a tingling in the ring and little finger. It decreases the sufferer’s ability to pinch their thumb and little finger together, thus impairing hand grip. Cubital tunnel syndrome also causes muscle weakness in the hands and arms and in some cases, a claw-like deformity.

Cubital tunnel syndrome Treatment

A physical examination may detect the site of cubital tunnel syndrome while nerve conduction tests, called electromyography, can pinpoint the extent of damaged areas.

A structured rehabilitation plan that includes, pain management, splinting and mobility work can help return the elbow and arm to normal function. However in some more cases, surgery is required to alleviate the nerve compression.

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To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 078 3867 or elbowspecialists@hje.org.uk, the team are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Our elbow team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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