What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
This condition, also called “ulnar nerve entrapment,” happens to the ulnar nerves in your elbow. This nerve travels along the inner side of your elbow and down to your hand. It’s the nerve that makes the joint you feel when you bump your “funny bone.” With this condition, your ulnar nerve is compressed, stretched or irritated.
What are the symptoms?
This problem is linked to a tight space in your elbow called the “cubital tunnel.” Your nerve passes through this tunnel. Inside there is very little soft tissue to protect the nerve, and your nerve can be pressed, or stretched. Cubital tunnel syndrome can develop if you tend to lean on your elbow a lot. It can happen if you sleep with your elbows bent. It can develop because of a problem with the anatomy of your elbow. And in many cases, your nerves becomes irritated and we aren’t sure why.
Symptoms include numbness and tingling in your ring finger and little finger. When you bend your elbow for a long time, you may feel “pins and needles” in these fingers. Your hand your hand me feel weak and clumsy.
Treatment options include medications, a brace or splint, and therapy. If these are not helpful, you may need surgery. Your Pain MD Houston health care provider can create a plan that’s right for you.
You Have Options
We have seen that a number of clinics focus on one or two modalities for treatment. The problem is that pain is neurological and that means "it's complex". There are a wide variety of therapies, products, at-home activities, procedures and medicines that can be used and we believe there's a place for all. Determining which (or combination thereof) is right for you is a process for you and your Pain MD to work together on.
Those could be laser ablation, spinal cord stimulation, Ketamine infusions, Platelet Rich Plasma, Steroid injections, Stem cell therapy, Botox, trigger point injections and much more!