Cubital tunnel syndrome is an irritation of the ulnar nerve. The symptoms can occur after a fall, but also as a result of prolonged unilateral strain. The complaints experienced are similar to bumping the elbow (telephone bone), only now they persist instead of quickly disappearing. The physiotherapists of Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose cubital tunnel syndrome and will set up a treatment focusing mainly on (lifestyle) advice.
In cubital tunnel syndrome, the nervus ulnaris (nerve that runs on the inside of the elbow) is irritated. The nerve runs through a tunnel at the back-inside of the elbow. This tunnel consists of the bone of the elbow and a ligament. The cubital tunnel syndrome can occur after a fall or other accident. Another cause is the repeated exertion of pressure on the elbow by, for example, leaning on a table. Cubital tunnel syndrome is also often seen in people who bend their elbow a lot. For example, people who play a musical instrument, do office work or work in construction.
The symptoms that arise from cubital tunnel syndrome are similar to when you bump your elbow. You feel a kind of electric shock that goes to the fingers (the phone bone). So there is tingling and pain on the inside of the forearm and the little finger. Also, the sensation in that area may change and fully bending the elbow may cause the complaints worsen.
The diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome can be made by the physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal Tilburg. We do this by conducting an interview (anamnesis), a physical examination and specific tests to stretch the nervus ulnaris. With this we can determine whether this nerve is causing symptoms.
The treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome at Fysiofitaal Tilburg will be shaped by advice on how to deal with the symptoms and how to continue carrying out your daily activities as well as possible.