What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition where median nerve is pinched in the wrist. In this case, nerves of the upper extremity (the ulnar nerve) are pinched as it passes behind the elbow. This is the nerve that causes the tingling sensation of hitting your funny bone. If you hit this bone, sensations caused by irritating the ulnar nerve behind the elbow may occur. In the case of being struck, shooting sensations and tingling in the small and ring fingers may occur. Moreover, ulnar nerve transmits signals to your brain about this sensation in fingers. In this instance, fingers tingle when you hit the nerve in your elbow.
Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Patients with cubital tunnel syndrome face pinching in one of the several locations in the back of the elbow in ulnar nerve. Some common symptoms include weakness of the muscles in the hand, pain, tingling and numbness in the small and ring fingers. Muscles that are weak are known as intrinsic muscles of the hand that help with finger movements. You have the tendency to drop objects or have difficulty with moving your fingers if you are suffering from more severe symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome.
How to Diagnose Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Physical examination is a common method of diagnosing cubital tunnel syndrome. In some cases, X-rays and other tests may be conducted. EMG or nerve tests that determine the extent and location of nerve compression may also be recommended.
Treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Physical therapy and exercise may be recommended along with anti-inflammatory medications, splitting the elbow at night and padding elbow for work activities. Doctors and orthopaedic surgeons at Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic may recommend surgery if you are not getting any relief at all. Surgery is executed to remove the pressure from the ulnar nerve.