Ulnar nerve entrapment

Specialty of Orthopaedic surgery

The compression of the elbow nerve is known as cubital tunnel syndrome. It is the erosion of a nerve (ulnar), which travels from the neck to the hand and which is responsible for the function of different hand muscles and sensations in the ring and little fingers. When the ulnar nerve is compressed produces what we call ulnar nerve compression or entrapment of the ulnar nerve. The patient has pain, tingling, numbness or burning, and sometimes, reduction or exaggeration of sensation in some fingers and medial edge of the forearm. Symptoms worsen when bending the elbow. To address this ailment patients can opt for the conservative treatment (making some changes to his/her activities, using splints, rest, stretching and vitamin supplements) or surgery.

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