Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

What are signs and symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

Dr. Matthew Cavo discusses the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are signs and symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?

Cubital tunnel has several different symptoms that patients can experience. The first things that they typically experience, and numbness and tingling, running down from their elbow, down into to their ring finger and small finger. Many times patients feel these symptoms at night, and that occurs because it gets worse when their elbows are bent. So, typically, that numbness and tingling, when people are bending their elbows during sleep, causes the nerve to get more pinched; and causes more numbness and tingling.

Later symptoms, of more of a chronic nerve compression result in weakness in the hand, weakness in the grip and weakness in pinch strength.

   

Patients can experience several different symptoms with cubital tunnel syndrome. The first signs are often numbness and tingling, running down from the elbow, into  the ring finger and small finger. Many times patients feel these symptoms at night. This occurs because symptoms get worse when the elbow is bent. When people bend their elbow during sleep, the nerve becomes more pinched, causing the numbness and tingling.

Later symptoms include a weaker handgrip and a weaker finger pinch. This happens from a chronic compression of the nerve.

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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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