What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome affects the ulnar nerve, more commonly referred to as the “funny bone,” that causes numbness and tingling in the fingers, forearm, and hand. This sensation is caused by pressure or stretching of this essential nerve, running throughout the arm.

What Causes Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

There are various causes of cubital tunnel syndrome, but the three most common are listed below.

Stretching of the Ulnar Nerve

If you keep your arms bent for long periods of time, it may cause the nerve to stretch under the elbow. This sensation commonly happens when one sleeps with a bent arm under the pillow or for the course of a night.

Pressure of the Ulnar Nerve

Have you ever hit your funny bone and the tingling, pins and needles sensations are sent up your arm? This occurs when the padding over the nerve hit direct pressure, leading to the fingers, arm or hand to fall asleep.

Natural Anatomy

In some cases, the ulnar nerve does not remain in position, and may rub on a bump when the elbow is bent. This repetitive action may irritate the ulnar nerve and cause complications.

Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Although cubital tunnel syndrome may cause discomfort on the inside of the elbow, most of the symptoms are found within the hand. If your hands or fingers fall asleep often when your elbow is bent, you may be experiencing cubital tunnel syndrome. Additional symptoms include numbness and tingling of the fingers, weakening of the grip, and loss of proper finger and hand function in more severe cases.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

There are some home remedies that your doctor may suggest to regain strength and normalcy of the ulnar nerve. However, there are a few surgical procedures that release the tension on the ulnar nerve, which Dr. Howland will discuss in detail what option is best for your individual case.

Cubital Tunnel Release Surgery

During the surgery, the top of the cubital tunnel is expanded, allowing a decrease in pressure on the ulnar nerve. After the procedure, the ligament and tissues around the cubital tunnel heal and patients experience relief after recovery.

 

If you would like to find relief from cubital tunnel syndrome, contact Howland Plastic Surgery for his reconstructive hand services in Draper, UT. We would be happy to help you schedule your appointment!