Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Running along the inside of the elbow, there is a passageway known as the Cubital Tunnel, which is formed by ligaments, muscles, and bones. The ulnar nerve, one of the three main nerves within the arm, runs through the middle of the cubital tunnel. Also referred to as ulnar nerve entrapment, cubital tunnel syndrome may develop when the ulnar nerve is damaged. If not properly and promptly treated, cubital tunnel syndrome can develop into irreparable nerve damage.
SYMPTOMS OF CUBITAL TUNNEL
There are several symptoms associated with cubital tunnel syndrome. The most common include:
- A tingling sensation and numbness in the arm and fingers
- Weakness in the hands
- Reduced muscle integrity, tone, and mass at the back of the hand
- Significant pain and discomfort in the hands
- Pulsating, aching discomfort within the inside of the elbow
- Discomfort that worsens at nighttime
CAUSES OF CUBITAL TUNNEL
Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by an injury to the area or as the result of repetitive movement of the elbow. In other instances, it could be the result of a bone spur, a previous fracture, or the dislocation of the elbow. Additionally, individuals with arthritis are much more susceptible to developing cubital tunnel syndrome. In some instances, the exact cause of the condition may not be fully known.
In order to properly diagnose the condition, a series of physical and imaging tests, such as x-rays and an MRI, will be conducted to rule out any other conditions. Possible interventions may include therapy, medication or bracing. For more extensive cases of epicondylitis, injections or ultrasound procedures can be beneficial to treating symptoms.