Cubital Tunnel Syndrome | Ulnar Neuropathy
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
- Lack of finger coordination
- Muscle wasting of the hand
- Tingling or shock-like sensations
- Pinkie finger
- Ring finger
- Weak or diminished grip
Tips & Treatments
- 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.