About Cubital Tunnel syndrome
Inside of the elbow, there is a passageway known as the cubital tunnel, which is formed by ligaments, muscles, and bones. Directly through the middle of the cubital tunnel is the ulnar nerve, one of the three main nerves that exist in your arm. Also referred to as ulnar nerve entrapment, cubital tunnel syndrome may develop when the ulnar nerve becomes damaged due to an injury or other factors. If not properly and promptly treated, cubital tunnel syndrome can develop into irreparable nerve damage. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams works to diagnose and treat cubital tunnel syndrome to allow patients to have the full use of their arm and elbow without pain and discomfort. Discover more about treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome by contacting our innovative Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation.
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Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel
There are several symptoms associated with cubital tunnel syndrome. The most common include:
- A tingling sensation and numbness in the arm and fingers
- Weakness in the hands
- Reduced muscle integrity, tone, and mass at the back of the hand
- Significant pain and discomfort in the hands
- Pulsating, aching discomfort within the inside of the elbow
- Discomfort that worsens at nighttime
Causes of Cubital Tunnel
Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by an injury to the area or be the result of repetitive movement of the elbow. In other instances, it could be the result of a bone spur or previous fracture or dislocation of the elbow. Additionally, individuals with arthritis are much more susceptible to developing cubital tunnel syndrome. In some instances, the exact cause of the condition may not be fully known. In order to properly diagnose cubital tunnel syndrome, Dr. Williams may conduct a nerve conduction test, an electromyogram, or an x-ray to identify any areas of compression to the ulnar nerve.
A number of treatments are available to eradicate the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome, depending on the severity of your condition. Typically, Dr. Williams will first suggest rest, physical therapy, a splint, or anti-inflammatory medications to help ease your pain and discomfort. If these are ineffective, he may then recommend steroid injections in order to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area. In more severe cases or if no other treatments have helped, a cubital tunnel release surgery may be the best option for long-term results. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Williams will evaluate your current symptoms and medical history to create the best treatment plan for your specific needs and concerns.
Dealing with cubital tunnel syndrome can be both painful and debilitating. Thankfully, Dr. Christopher Williams and his team are here to help and can offer your restorative results. Contact our Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule a consultation to get one step closer to pain relief.