Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

This is another type of entrapment neuropathy or a "pinched nerve". This occurs in the upper limb at the elbow level on the inside. Symptoms are often quite similar to when one hits his "funny bone". Tingling and numbness of the ring and little finger result episodically and eventually grip weakness may result.

The ulnar nerve is the specific nerve involved. It passes from the arm to the forearm across the elbow between the olecranon process of the ulna (the elbow bone) and the medial epicondyle of the humerus (that bony prominence you feel on the inside of your elbow). In that area there is a very tough and fibrous connective tissue tunnel that often serves as the compressing point although multiple levels of compression in different spots may also be involved.

This diagnosis is made mostly on clinical grounds, that is by taking a history from the patient and performing a physical examination. Electrodiagnostic tests are often, but not always, used to confirm the diagnosis.

Initial treatment consists of elbow pads and steroid injection. If these fail, surgical decompression of the ulnar nerve is indicated. A variety of procedures have been described. The one we use has served patients very well and enjoys a very low recurrence rate. 

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General Information:

Up to 1 hour - time varies.

Yes, insurance is accepted for this procedure. We participate with most plans. Medicare, Commercial Insurance & Workers Compensation are accepted.

Light duty within 2 weeks post-operatively. Unrestricted Work within 6 weeks (details at left)

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