Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that involves either stretching or pressure of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve runs down from the shoulder down towards the elbow in front of the funny bone (olecranon) and continues between the muscles in the forearm and inside the hand giving sensation to the little finger and half of the ring finger, inside the palm and backside of the hand. If along the nerve there is pinching, pressure, stretching or anatomical changes this nerve may become affected giving signs and symptoms of pain, tingling sensation, loss of sensation or weakness in the hand.

Common causes

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is fracture at the elbow, which later after healing could push on the ulnar nerve; excessive bending of the elbow, such as sleeping with your elbow bent or answering phone calls or leaning on your elbow for long periods of time. In order to potentially reduce the symptoms, try sleeping with your elbow straight, not bending and leaning on your elbow and avoiding excessive, repetitious activities that require bending of the elbow. If the pain and numbness persist, the nerve may need to be examined.

Examination
To determine this syndrome you must see an Electrodiagnostic Specialists for a nerve test (EMG/NCS). California Sports & Rehab Center can accommodate your needs in our multiple locations in the Los Angeles and Orange Country areas. Please visit us at http://emg-ncv.com/ or call our office at (310)-652-6060 to schedule an appointment today!