Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital tunnel is a common condition that involves compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The nerve is compressed in a grove along the posterior aspect of the medial epicondyle. This syndrome can develop acutely after direct trauma or chronically. Symptoms usually involve aching pain over the medial aspect of the elbow and numbness and tingling in the ring and small finger. Prolonged compression may result in weakness and muscle wasting. Clinical examination along with nerve conduction studies will help confirm the diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome. Initial treatment usually involves activity modification, night splinting, and NSAIDs in more acute cases. If conservative management fails surgical decompression and transposition of the ulnar nerve may be considered. Recovery after surgery is usually 2-3 weeks to allow your incision to fully heal. At this point you can return to activities as tolerated.

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