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Cubital tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in your hands and arms. Cubital tunnel syndrome, like carpal tunnel syndrome, is a nerve compression syndrome. This means that there is increased pressure on the nerves in the wrist, arm or elbow.
In many cases, simple treatments, such as avoiding extraneous pressure or wearing a protective pad, can help stop symptoms.
The cause of cubital tunnel syndrome, also called ulnar neuropathy, is increased pressure on your ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve begins in the side of your neck and ends in your fingers, crossing the funny bone in your elbow. The pain you experience with cubital tunnel syndrome is similar to the feeling of banging your funny bone.
We will design a treatment plan based on the severity of your condition and your overall health. Many times, the treatment is simply avoiding activities that put extra pressure on your elbow. Protective gear, medications and surgery are also treatment options.