Orthopedic Treatment For Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 19. June 2015 04:07

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, also known as Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, occurs due to trapping, compression or impingement of the ulnar nerve in the elbow. The condition is caused due to an increased pressure on the joint and is the second most common nerve entrapment syndrome in the human body. The ulnar nerve runs from the neck down to the hand and lies directly next to the elbow bone. Any forceful hit on this bone may affect the working of the nerve and create pressure on it, causing pain in the hand, elbow, neck or wrist.

Causes

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by activities that put pressure on the ulnar nerve or the elbow bone. These activities may include leaning on the elbow on a hard surface or bending the joint for prolonged duration.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the elbow
  • Numbness and tingling feeling
  • Decreased hand grip and strength
  • Decreased motion of the fingers and thumb
  • Deformity of the hand
  • Weakness in the fingers

Diagnosis

The orthopedic doctor may physically examine the elbow to check for symptoms and muscle weakness. He may bend the joint to examine the activity of the nerve. The doctor may also recommend Electromyography to observe the areas of nerve damage and check the severity of the condition.

Treatment

Non-surgical treatment

  • Exercises: The doctor may suggest the patient to do regular exercises after activities which strain the ulnar nerve like holding the phone to the ear for a long time, writing, carrying heavy bags etc. Various stretching exercises can help to distribute the pressure from one point of the elbow, which can ease pain.
  • Medication: The patient may be prescribed some anti-inflammatory medications to minimize pain and inflammation in the elbow.
  • Rest: The doctor may also advise the patient to rest the affected joint and lessen the activities that may cause irritation in the nerve.
  • Ice/heat: Applying ice and heat packs on the affected area can ease pain and reduce inflammation in the joint. It can soothe the nerves and help restore its normal functioning.
  • Splint: The doctor may recommend the patient to wear a splint during the night. This will limit the movement of the elbow and allow the nerve to heal effectively.

Surgical treatment

In severe cases, the doctors may also recommend surgery to prevent any further damage to the ulnar nerve.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, consult Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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