The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam started September 1st.
If you experience persistent numbness or pain radiating from your elbow, you could have cubital tunnel syndrome. At The Hand Center, with offices in Hartford, Tolland, Bloomfield, and Glastonbury, Connecticut, the experienced physicians offer comprehensive care to relieve the pain and other symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. Whether you need medication, hand therapy, or surgery to release pressure on your nerve, you can expect a customized treatment plan that focuses on your individual needs. Schedule a cubital tunnel syndrome evaluation by calling The Hand Center office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that develops when there’s excess pressure on your ulnar nerve, which runs through the inner side of your elbow and is often known as the funny bone nerve.
The pressure on the ulnar nerve can be caused by direct pressure when leaning on your elbow. You can also develop cubital tunnel syndrome if your elbow frequently remains bent for long periods of time, stretching the ulnar nerve.
In some cases, the ulnar nerve can move out of place and often snap back and forth over a bony bump in the elbow when you move. This repetitive nerve movement can cause irritation and inflammation that puts pressure on the nerve.
When you lean on your elbow for long periods, you can experience weakness and numbness in your forearm, hand, and fingers. You can describe these symptoms as your hand or fingers “falling asleep.”
When pressure on the nerve relaxes, you can feel tingling sensations you might call “pins and needles.”
Over time, continued pressure on the ulnar nerve can make it difficult for you to do things like grasping an object or holding a phone to your ear because of pain or weakness.
When cubital tunnel syndrome begins interfering with your job or your quality of life, schedule a consultation with the experts at The Hand Center.
To confirm that the weakness, numbness, and tingling is the result of cubital tunnel syndrome, your provider at The Hand Center discusses your usual activities, reviews your medical history, and does a physical exam.
The team also provides nerve testing to evaluate the overall function of your ulnar nerve and the surrounding muscles. You’ll probably need an imaging test like an X-ray to rule out fractures and other things that can cause similar symptoms.
In the early stages of cubital tunnel syndrome, your provider at The Hand Center will usually recommend conservative treatments like medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Splinting your elbow can also help your nerve heal to ease the pain. Your provider can also suggest activity modifications so that the ulnar nerve can heal.
When conservative care isn’t enough or pressure on the ulnar nerve is severe, you’ll probably need surgery to release pressure on the nerve or reposition it into the front part of your elbow to prevent additional strain and compression.
If pain or weakness in your elbow and hand is interfering with your quality of life, schedule a consultation at The Hand Center office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking system.