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  • Dr. Leanne Komoda

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve entrapment is when the ulnar nerve or “funny bone nerve” becomes compressed or stretched. The ulnar nerve starts in the cervical spine or neck and travels down the arm to the hand. The cubital tunnel is located in the back of the elbow, and is the most common location for ulnar nerve compression. A common symptom of cubital tunnel syndrome is numbness and tingling in the hand.

Common causes of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

●      Frequently leaning on the elbow

●      Direct trauma to the elbow

●      Overhead throwing

●      Work with prolonged elbow flexion

Symptoms may include:

●      Numbness and tingling in the ring and small fingers

●      Weakness with gripping and fine finger movements

●      Ring and small finger “falling asleep”

●      Muscle atrophy and sensory loss may occur in severe cases

Cubital tunnel syndrome can affect daily activities such as sleep, overhead activities and sports and recreational activities. Here at Walnut Physical Therapy and Performance we will evaluate the elbow joint and ulnar nerve. After the physical therapist evaluates the patient, an appropriate treatment program will be developed. Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome may include strengthening, manual therapy, nerve glides, modalities and patient education.

-Leanne Komoda, PT, DPT

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