Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar neuropathy, is a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed or irritated as it passes through the cubital tunnel in the elbow. The ulnar nerve is one of the major nerves in the arm, responsible for controlling movement and sensation in the hand and forearm.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is most common in adults between the ages of 20 and 40 and can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome may include:
Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome may include rest, physical therapy, and pain medication to help reduce inflammation and manage pain. In some cases, a splint or brace may be recommended to help immobilize the elbow and reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve. Severe cases may require surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience persistent pain or weakness in the hand or fingers, as untreated cubital tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage.