The NeuroMedical Center | Patient Education Library | Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, alleviates compression of the ulnar nerve. This nerve travels along the inner side of the elbow and down to the hand. Cubital tunnel release is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome.

 



Causes
This problem is linked to a tight space in your elbow called the “cubital tunnel.” Your nerve passes through this tunnel. Inside there is very little soft tissue to protect the nerve, and your nerve can be pressed, pinched or stretched. Cubital tunnel syndrome can develop if you tend to lean on your elbow a lot. It can happen if you sleep with your elbows bent. It can develop because of a problem with the anatomy of your elbow. And in many cases, your nerve becomes irritated and we aren’t
sure why.


Symptoms
Symptoms include numbness and tingling in your ring finger and little finger. When you bend your elbow for a long time, you may feel “pins and needles” in these fingers. Your hand may feel weak and clumsy.


Treatment
The NeuroMedical Center provides the most comprehensive treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome.  Treatment options include medications, a brace or splint, and therapy. If these aren’t helpful, a neurosurgeon may recommend surgery.