Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

Which is more common, cubital tunnel syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome?

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

Which is more common, cubital tunnel syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome?

I think it’s good to draw the parallel. Cubital tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in that, they're both pinched nerves in the arm. The difference is that, carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve at the wrist, and it's the median nerve. And cubital tunnel syndrome is pinched nerve at the elbow, and it's the ulnar nerve. Patients experience different symptoms from each of them. Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually numbness and tingling more on the thumb side, whereas, cubital tunnel syndrome is numbness and tingling more on the pinky side.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common, and is much more commonly treated with surgery. But, cubital tunnel syndrome is still a fairly common condition that many, many patients experience.

   

Cubital tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in that they both involve pinched nerves in the arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinched median nerve at the wrist. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a pinched ulnar nerve at the elbow. Patients experience different symptoms from each condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness and tingling on the thumb side of the hand. Cubital tunnel syndrome causes numbness and tingling on the pinky side of the hand.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common, and is much more often treated with surgery. Cubital tunnel syndrome is also a fairly common condition that many patients experience. 

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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