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Could I have Cubital Tunnel?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is pressure or blocking of the ulnar nerve (also known as the funny bone nerve), which runs along your arm to your fingers.

What are the symptoms?

You may have tingling or pins and needles in your little and ring finger, or you feel your hand is weak with sharp shooting pains coming up the arm.

What investigations or tests would I need?

We tend to use nerve testing to diagnose cubital tunnel so we can see where in the nerve the blockage is. We tend to advise on simple mobilisation exercises of the neck and wrist and if the symptoms don’t settle we can look at surgery.

What does the surgery look like?

From a surgical point of view, we administer a nerve block or local anaesthetic and make a small incision along the elbow, find the nerve and release the sheath that covers the nerve to stop the blockage. The recovery for this is quick and you’ll be doing most things within a few weeks and return back to normal function within 6 weeks.


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