Cubital tunnel syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome involves irritation of the ulnar nerve. The symptoms can occur after a fall but also as a result of prolonged unilateral strain. The symptoms experienced are similar to bumping the elbow (phone bone), only now they persist instead of disappearing quickly. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose cubital tunnel syndrome and will set up a treatment focused mainly on (life) advice.

Cause

In cubital tunnel syndrome, the ulnar nerve (nerve that runs on the inside of the elbow) is irritated. The nerve runs through a tunnel on the back-inside of the elbow. This tunnel consists of the bone of the elbow and a ligament. Cubital tunnel syndrome can occur after a fall or other accident. Another cause is repeated application of pressure on the elbow by, for example, leaning on a table. Cubital tunnel syndrome is also frequently seen in people who bend the elbow a lot. Such as in people who play a musical instrument, do office work or just work in construction.
Cubital tunnel syndrome

Symptoms

The symptoms that occur with cubital tunnel syndrome are similar to when you bump your elbow. You feel a kind of electric shock that goes to the fingers (the phonon bone). So there is tingling and pain on the inside of the forearm and little finger. Also, sensation in that area may change and full flexion of the elbow may cause the complaints worsen.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome can be made by the physiotherapists of Fysiofitaal Tilburg. We do this by conducting an interview (anamnesis), physical examination and specific tests to stretch the nervus ulnaris. This allows us to determine whether this nerve causes complaints.

Treatment

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 your daily activities as best as possible.
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