Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

How is cubital tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Dr. Matthew Cavo talks how cubital tunnel syndrome is diagnosed. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is cubital tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Cubital tunnel is diagnosed both from a patients' history, how often they tell you that it goes numb and tingly, and what fingers they complain. As well as the physical exam by a hand surgeon or even by a primary care physician. In addition, to confirm the diagnosis, often, the physician will refer a patient for an EMG, which is a nerve study that test how well the nerves work. And, in cubital tunnel's case, it tests how fast the nerve is working.

 

Cubital tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by taking into account patients' history, how often their hand goes numb and tingly, and the fingers they complain about. A doctor will complete a physical exam, too. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor will often recommend the patient get an electromyography (EMG) test. This checks how well the nerves work. In the case of cubital tunnel syndrome, an EMG tests how fast the nerve is working.

Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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