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Compression of the Ulnar Nerve Overview

Another name for Compression of the Ulnar Nerve is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

What is cubital tunnel syndrome?
The ulnar nerve passes through a boney groove in the elbow, on its way to the hand. A person with cubital tunnel syndrome has irritation of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, which results in hand numbness or weakness. Cubital tunnel syndrome is almost always caused by an injury. Common causes include occupational elbow injury, elbow fracture, and sports injury. With treatment, most people recover completely.

What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include elbow pain, elbow tenderness, forearm pain, and numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers.

How does the doctor treat cubital tunnel syndrome?
Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome may include: rest, elevation, cold compresses, sling, and splint. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for pain. Some may benefit from corticosteroid injections or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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