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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Also known as ulnar neuropathy, cubital tunnel syndrome occurs whenever there is a higher-than-normal amount of the ulnar nerve compression. The ulnar nerve passes along the ulna bone, which is one of the long bones in the forearm, and then over the elbow into the cubital tunnel. When this nerve becomes inflamed or damaged, pain, numbness, and tingling in the elbow or fingers may result. Patients will need to see a professional to have their cubital tunnel syndrome diagnosed.

What Is the Cause of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by repeated bending of the elbow, which results in nerve irritation and muscle weakness.

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What Are the Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

The first signs of cubital tunnel syndrome normally appear as pain in the elbow or numbness and tingling in the ring or little fingers. In its more advanced stages, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • A decreased ability to grip
  • A claw-like hand that is difficult to straighten
  • Weakness in the ring and little fingers
  • An inability to pinch the little finger and thumb together

How Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treated?

Cubital tunnel surgery is typically performed under regional or general anesthesia to allow Dr. Humphrey to access and correct ulnar nerve entrapment. From there, adjustments will be made to decompress, trim, or move the nerve to prevent it from flaring up and causing discomfort.

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Is Cubital Tunnel Surgery Right for Me?

That depends on the amount of discomfort you are experiencing and whether or not other treatment methods have been successful. Those who do not respond well to traditional treatment methods such as splinting are likely to obtain relief from surgery, particularly when accompanied by physical therapy.


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What Does Cubital Tunnel Surgery Cost?

Cubital tunnel surgery is usually covered by insurance. For self-pay patients, the exact cost will be discussed at the time of your visit. For your convenience, a variety of payment options is available, including cash, personal checks and major credit cards, as well as financing with CareCredit®.


Why Choose Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery?

Diagnosing cubital tunnel syndrome and determining the extent of the damage requires the skill of a highly trained surgeon such as Dr. Humphrey at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery. He will provide you with a detailed diagnosis and come up with an individualized treatment plan that will provide you with the relief you desire. During every phase of your treatment, you’ll be given compassionate care and made to feel safe and comfortable by our attentive staff. Heartland Plastic Surgery is located 50 miles from Carbondale, IL and 58 miles from Marion, IL.


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Isn’t it time you sought treatment for your hand or wrist disorder? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome and need cubital tunnel surgery, please contact our Cape Girardeau, Missouri office now to schedule an appointment. 

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