The elbow is responsible for proper functioning of the entire arm. When the elbow has been injured or damaged due to arthritis, disease, sports injuries or repetitive motions, it can make it difficult for the patient to control the hands and perform the simplest of normal activities. Similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, resulting in hand and finger numbness. Dr. Sammer may recommend nerve decompression or elbow surgery to reopen the tunnel, remove pressure, and alleviate pain the patient may be experiencing.
Treatment of Cubital Tunnel SyndromeVarious options Dr. Sammer will discuss with you regarding treatment for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include:
- Splinting/Support Brace: These are used for new and mild cases to provide stability and support to the affected area.
- Steroid injection: A steroid injection is a quick in-office procedure in which an anti-inflammatory steroid, such as cortisone, is injected into a joint or tendon sheath. Patients will often experience pain relief for 4-6 months, and sometimes longer.
- Surgery: If the pain cannot be alleviated through non-invasive methods, Dr. Sammer may perform Cubital Tunnel Release surgery. This operation takes pressure off the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Patients experience relief from the burning, pain, numbness and tingling.