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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

The elbow contains various tendons, ligaments, bones and soft tissues that must work together in harmony. When an injury or damage occurs in the elbow, it can impact the nerves that pass through the joint. The ulnar nerve runs from the cervical spine down to the fingers, passing through the elbow joint. Cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar nerve entrapment, can occur from injury or damage to the elbow. Our top-rated medical team at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine offers cubital tunnel syndrome treatment at our facility in New York City.

Symptoms and Causes of Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

The sensation you feel when you hit your “funny bone” is your ulnar nerve. It runs through the cubital tunnel in the elbow, which goes through the muscle, ligaments and bone. Certain injuries, repetitive use and degenerative joint conditions can result in inflammation and other factors that put pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel. Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

  • Tingling or numbness on the outside of the hand, especially the pinky and ring fingers
  • Sensation of hand “going to sleep”
  • Weakness when gripping items
  • Hand pain
  • Aching on the inside of the elbow

Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by fractures or dislocations to the elbow that cause ulnar nerve entrapment. This condition is also common in those who perform repetitive movements involving bending the elbow, including certain sports or workplace lifting.

Mild or moderate cases of cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated with conservative methods of rest, exercise and anti-inflammatory medications. For more severe symptoms, injection therapy or surgery may be recommended to eliminate pressure on the ulnar nerve.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment, come visit our orthopedic experts at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. We can provide an accurate diagnosis of your elbow condition and determine the best treatment option to provide you relief and function restoration. Contact our clinic in Manhattan to schedule your evaluation with one of our orthopedic specialists.

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