Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused when the ulnar nerve in the elbow in compressed. The ulnar nerve, commonly known as the ‘funny bone’, runs through the cubital tunnel in the elbow which is comprised of bone and tissue. When the tissue is swollen due to overuse or repetitive use, the blood supply can be aggravated which then causes the symptoms for cubital tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms for cubital tunnel syndrome include:
- Elbow pain and/or stiffness
- Loss of strength in the hand
- Pain & tingling in the fingers
- Numbness in the fingers
It is important to seek treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome as over time, the nerve damage can become permanent if symptoms go untreated. Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome includes elbow splinting or padding and anti-inflammatory medication. If those treatments do not work, cortisone injections or minimally invasive surgery may be recommended.