Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment – Ulnar Nerve Neuritis

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment. Cubital tunnel syndrome — also known as ulnar neuropathy — is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve, which passes close to the skin’s surface in the area of the elbow commonly known as the “funny bone.”

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome – Ulnar Nerve Neuritis

Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome as per our elbow Specialist Singapore:

Early symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome – ulnar nerve neuritis include:

  • Pain and numbness in the elbow.
  • Tingling, especially in the ring and little fingers.

More severe symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

  • Weakness affecting the ring and little fingers.
  • Decreased ability to pinch the thumb and index finger.
  • Decreased overall hand grip.
  • Muscle wasting in the hand.
  • Claw-like deformity of the hand.

Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Common causes of cubital tunnel syndrome Singapore:

  • Repeatedly lean on your elbow, especially on a hard surface.
  • Bend your elbow for sustained periods, such as while talking on a cell phone or sleeping with your hand crooked under your pillow.
  • Sometimes, cubital tunnel syndrome results from abnormal bone growth in elbow or from intense physical activity that increases pressure on the ulnar nerve. Baseball pitchers, for example, have an increased risk of cubital tunnel syndrome because the twisting motion required to throw a slider can damage delicate ligaments in the elbow.

How is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome’s diagnosed?

In Singapore Sports Clinic, Our elbow specialist Singapore diagnose cubital tunnel syndrome with:

Tinel’s sign:

  • Tapping over the cubital tunnel causes pain, tingling or shock-like sensation down the arm into the fingers.
  • A positive Tinel’s sign finding is typically present in cubital tunnel syndrome. However, Tinel’s sign may be positive in asymptomatic people.

Froment’s sign:

  • The patient holds a piece of paper between the thumb and the side of the adjacent index finger as the paper is pulled away.
  • A patient with an ulnar nerve palsy will flex the thumb at the interphalangeal joint to try to keep hold of the paper.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

In Singapore Sports clinic, cubital tunnel syndrome treatment:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Anti-inflammatory Injections
  • Surgery  may be recommended for severe case like release of cubital tunnel syndrome. Surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome is intended to provide more space for the nerve and tendons, and permanently reduce the amount of pressure on the nerve.