What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve gets pinched at the elbow by the fascia (ligament-like tissue). This occurs by bending the elbow or placing the elbow on a hard surface. It also occurs when working at a desk or while driving for long periods.
Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel
Tingling and numbness of the small finger and the ring finger
Common Causes of Cubital Tunnel
- Sleeping with arms bent ‘fetal position’
- Bending the elbow while talking on the phone and other activities of daily living
- Resting the elbow on a hard surface for long periods of time
If left untreated
Continuous nerve compression can cause nerve damage which is irreversible and may require surgery
Negative effects of Cubital Tunnel
- Inability to grip objects
- Loss of sensation
- Deformity of the ring and small finger (claw hand)
Nighttime splinting strategies and/or day time modifications taught by a hand therapist