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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome | Ulnar Neuropathy

Description

First named in 1958, this close cousin to carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand and arm. Learn what makes it similar⎯and different⎯to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Causes & Triggers

  • Direct force
  • Fluid buildup
  • Leaning on elbow for extended periods of time
  • Repetitive bending

Signs & Symptoms

  • Decreased ability to pinch thumb to pinkie finger
  • Irrigation
  • Lack of finger coordination
  • Muscle wasting of the hand
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling or shock-like sensations
    • Elbow
    • Pinkie finger
    • Ring finger
  • Weak or diminished grip

Tips & Treatment

  • Anatomically speaking, the cubital tunnel is a narrow passageway in the arm that runs from the upper arm down to the bony part of the elbow known as the funny bone.
  • Like median nerve compression, ulnar nerve compression also causes tingling, shock-like sensations.
  • Consult an orthopedic hand specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment, including non-surgical or surgical intervention.

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