Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
at ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities

ORA Orthopedics provides cubital tunnel syndrome diagnosis and treatment services to residents of Moline, IL, Bettendorf, IA, Davenport, IA, and other nearby communities. As the largest and most advanced orthopedic practice in the Quad Cities, ORA Orthopedics can be your first choice for specialized care that can get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar nerve entrapment, is characterized by ulnar nerve compression around the elbow. The ulnar nerve runs from the neck to the hand and is responsible for the abrupt and intense pain you may feel when you hit your “funny bone.” Because the bones that make up the elbow joint are situated very close to this nerve, nerve compression and irritation can easily occur after frequently leaning on your elbow or following a traumatic injury.

While cubital tunnel syndrome originates in the elbow, most symptoms of this condition are actually experienced in the hand. This is because the ulnar nerve supplies sensation to the pinky finger and a portion of the ring finger. The symptoms of cubital tunnel will vary according to the severity of the nerve compression and the lifestyle of the patient, but can include:

  • Difficulty coordinating the pinky and ring finger
  • Numbness or tingling sensations in the pinky and ring finger
  • A weakened grip

ORA Orthopedics’ experienced team of hand doctors and occupational hand therapists offer the best choices in care to patients with cubital tunnel syndrome. Many of our patients in the Quad Cities are able to benefit from conservative treatments, including specialized hand physical therapy, nerve gliding exercises, anti-inflammatory medication and bracing to keep the elbow in a straight position during sleep. Surgery is not a first course of treatment at ORA Orthopedics, but in the event that a patient’s nerve compression is severe and does not respond to conservative therapies, surgical intervention may be recommended to decrease pressure on the nerve. Our skilled orthopedic hand surgeons practice minimally invasive techniques to reduce post-surgical pain and streamline recovery.

Contact ORA Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, during which you can learn more about our cubital tunnel syndrome treatment options.