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Elbow & Wrist

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Nerve Entrapment)

Increased pressure is the most common cause of cubital tunnel syndrome. This typically stems from the bone or connective tissue when the issue affects the wrist, elbow or arm. Conservative treatments are recommended at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics for most patients suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome.

If you have a severe case of cubital tunnel syndrome where conservative measures do not provide relief, surgery can be used to take pressure off the nerve. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are committed to conservative measures whenever possible for elbow injuries. So, you can rest assured that surgery is absolutely necessary if it is recommended.

At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, our job is to provide a comprehensive assessment of your pain and symptoms. This is done before creating an individualized treatment plan to address cubital tunnel syndrome. The speedy recovery of our patients is always the first priority. You will receive effective and affordable treatment from a team of dedicated orthopedic specialists.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Causes & Symptoms

If you lean on your elbow a lot on hard surfaces, that is the first habit you will need to break. It is a common cause of cubital tunnel syndrome. Bending the elbow, especially in the same position, for prolonged periods of time is another common cause of the condition. This is often observed in patients who use cell phones for long calls, or those who sleep with their head in the crook of the elbow.

There are a number of common symptoms associated with cubital tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Pain and numbness in the elbow
  • Tingling (Often in the ring and little finger)
  • Weakness (in the ring and little finger)
  • Troubling pinching the thumb and forefinger
  • Poor handgrip
  • Muscle wasting in the hands
  • Claw-handed deformity

Other causes of cubital tunnel syndrome are seen in professions where repetitive movements are used. Baseball players are a good example of a type of athlete that is more likely to suffer from cubital tunnel syndrome. To learn more about cubital tunnel syndrome, reach out to Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in California today.