Pain in the Elbow? Learn More about Cubital Tunnel Syndrome from Louisville Orthopedic

Sometimes the arm’s ulnar nerve is irritated or pinched causing ulnar nerve entrapment at a person’s elbow. This is called cubital tunnel syndrome.

Based on where this nerve entrapment happens, the symptoms can include elbow pain and sometimes a numb feeling in the hand, elbow, fingers and wrist.

While the cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is not always known, the ulnar nerve may become irritated in part because it does not have a lot of protective tissue surrounding it. If you find that you lean or push on your elbows for an extended amount of time, you may also be putting weight on the ulnar nerve, causing irritation. If fluid accumulates around the elbow, the ulnar nerve may also become compressed.

Pressure to the ulnar nerve may also occur following a strike or hit to the elbow. A lot of the symptoms associated with cubital tunnel syndrome tend to strike in people’s hands including feelings of numbness and increased problems with coordination.

If you are suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome and need medical attention, contact a board certified orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Stacie Grossfeld for an evaluation and treatment.

For more on Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, check out this helpful information from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand: http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/CubitalTunnelSyndrome.aspx

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