What Are the Symptoms and Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist and upper extremities, patients often come to me with numbness or tingling in their hands – common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital Tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve (or as it’s colloquially called, the “funny bone”) is compressed, resulting in numbness around the small and ring fingers. Occasionally, cubital tunnel syndrome will get better on its own, but hand surgery can help relieve pressure on the nerve. In the following video, I cover more about what surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome involves, what to expect following hand surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome, and more:

Patients with other hand and wrist conditions may find the following information helpful:

Dr. Brian Divelbiss (pictured)About the Author: Brian Divelbiss, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hands, wrists and upper extremities. To provide useful information about carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Divelbiss answers commonly asked questions from patients below.


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