Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, happens when the nerve in the arm becomes aggravated or compacted. This is one of three main nerves that travels throughout the body and is often compressed in specific areas, such as the wrist or collar bone, but most notably the elbow.

Causes and risk factors of cubital tunnel syndrome:

  • Keeping the elbow bent for extended amount of time
  • Extensive leaning on the elbow
  • A surplus of fluid in the elbow
  • Direct force on the inside of the elbow
  • Arthritis of the elbow
  • Past fracture or dislocation of elbow joint
  • Swelling in the area
  • Cysts close to the elbow

Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome:

  • Tingling and numbness in fingers
  • Ring and little finger “falling asleep”
  • Lack of strength in grip and finger coordination
  • Diminished muscle

Diagnosis and treatment:

The majority of treatments for CTS are non-surgical such as anti-inflammatory medicines, splinting or bracing the arm, or nerve exercises to prevent stiffness. If symptoms do not subside, there are surgical treatments such as cubital tunnel release and ulnar nerve anterior transposition that an orthopedic doctor may discuss with you.