Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

What are some common therapies for cubital tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Krista Storms, OT, discusses hand therapy treatments for cubital tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are some common therapies for cubital tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome?

When a patient comes to us for carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel, then we look at the symptoms that they're having. Normally with cubital tunnel they have numbness and tingling in the little finger and the ring finger. So we have to prevent them from bending their elbow unnecessarily. We tell them not to bend their arms when they talk on the phone, we talk about not resting on their elbows, and often they are waking up at night with symptoms. So we make them a splint that blocks their elbow flexion, so it prevents their symptoms and lets the nerve rest.

When a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, then that is at the wrist and they are compressing the nerve at the wrist level. We have to stop them from flexing the wrist when they sleep at night, so we make them a wrist splint that allows that nerve to rest.

 

Patients with cubital tunnel normally have numbness and tingling in the little finger and the ring finger and often are waking up at night with symptoms. We work to prevent the patient from bending the elbow unnecessarily. We guide patients in not bending their arms when they are on the phone and not resting on their elbows. We often recommend a splint that blocks elbow flexion to prevent symptoms and let the nerve rest.

When a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome, the nerve is being compressed at the wrist. We recommend a splint to prevent flexing of the wrist at night. This allows the nerve to rest.

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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