Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

What's the difference between occasional numbness from sleeping the wrong way and being diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome?

Dr. Matthew Cavo discusses how to distinguish between occasional numbness and tingling and true cubital tunnel syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What's the difference between occasional numbness from sleeping the wrong way and being diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome?

In order to make the distinction between, just occasional numbness and tingling in the hand, and true cubital tunnel syndrome, typically the symptoms are more persistent, and more frequent. So, when patients are being woken up multiple times per night, from their deep sleep, or they're having more and more difficulties at work maintaining a certain posture. Or, even if they're starting to get some weakness in their hand, is when it's the more concerning symptom, and needs to be worked up for possible cubital tunnel.

 

The symptoms of true cubital tunnel syndrome are more persistent and more frequent. A patient is waking up multiple times a night from deep sleep or they're having more difficulties at work maintaining a certain posture. A patient may start to have some weakness in their hand that becomes concerning and they seek an evaluation.

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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