There are few experiences more frustrating than losing the full use of your hand and arm. So many activities that most take for granted can become difficult or impossible for sufferers of cubital tunnel syndrome, but you do have options. Although less invasive treatments may prove effective for some patients, severe cases can require surgical intervention to end symptoms and prevent permanent damage.
Cubital tunnel release surgery with Dr. Engineer at Engineered Aesthetics may be your best option. Dr. Engineer is thorough and comprehensive in designing the safest and most effective surgical plan for each individual case. Cubital tunnel syndrome sufferers in the Las Vegas Valley area may discover hope and lasting relief in his capable hands.
Causes of cubital tunnel syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused when the ulnar nerve, one of the three main nerves in the upper extremity, is irritated, compressed, or entrapped at the elbow. There are many reasons a patient may develop cubital tunnel syndrome. Some of these include:
- Repetitive motion
- Bone spurs
- Injury, including previous dislocation, sprain, or fracture
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome
Symptoms of cubital tunnel may include:
- Hand pain
- Tingling in the hand and/or fingers
- Numbness and tingling at night
- Weakening of the arm and hand muscles
- Elbow pain
- Nerve damage
Diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome is made by:
- Physical examination
- Nerve conduction test
- Electromyogram (EMG)
- Review of medical history
After diagnosis, the first course of action is simple rest and refrainment from strenuous activities, which can reduce inflammation and may cease the irritation of the ulnar nerve that causes cubital tunnel syndrome.
Treatments for cubital tunnel syndrome
While it may be possible not to use your elbow for a period of time, the inconvenience of ceasing your normal activities of daily living is, of course, not sustainable. For many patients, it is enough to cease the repetitive activity that is causing the problem, usually a motion that requires bending the elbow, for about six months. Patients are often fitted with a splint or brace, and some find success with some combination of rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and even steroid injections.
It is important to note that if more conservative treatments are not effective for you, delaying further treatment can cause permanent weakening and damage to the muscles of your hand and upper extremity. Patients whose symptoms return repeatedly or do not respond well to other treatments may wish to explore their surgical options, including cubital tunnel release surgery.
Working with your primary care physician, Dr. Engineer will review all treatment options with you and evaluate the best way to help in your particular case. Dr. Engineer has an extensive amount of experience performing cubital release surgery, allowing patients to return to their chosen activities without pain or inconvenience. Furthermore, Dr. Engineer offers a minimally invasive approach using an endoscopic technique that minimizes the incisions and morbidity of a more invasive operation. This results in less pain and faster recovery for patients, as well as less disruption and damage to the normal anatomy at the site of decompression. Join us at Engineered Aesthetics in the Las Vegas Valley area for a comprehensive consultation so that Dr. Engineer may assist you in finding your most effective treatment plan.