The funny bone, is a well-known point located behind the elbow where a tap with the right force can cause pain and a tingling sensation to trail down the length of the forearm. The sharp pain to the elbow normally disappears soon after but some individuals experience the same type of symptoms due to another condition targeting the elbow.
Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when there is an impingement of the ulnar nerve as it passes behind the elbow and on the inside portion. Because there is no muscle to function as a cushion to protect the ulnar nerve, often times, it can become trapped between the bone and the skin in a tunnel called the cubital tunnel. Cubital tunnel syndrome is the second most frequently known condition occurring in the arm as a result of nerve compression.
Cubital tunnel syndrome commonly results when the nerve is stretched or there is pressure for an extended amount of time. For example, when holding the phone, the arm is bent for undetermined periods, during which the ulnar nerve stretches inside the elbow and may progressively begin to cause nerve irritation. Also, prolonged compression on the nerve may result when the inside part of the elbow is pushed to lean against a hard surface, pushing the ulnar nerve against the bone.
This condition can slowly develop over time or can even occur after trauma from an accident, such as a fracture to the elbow. Regardless of the cause for cubital tunnel syndrome, symptoms include numbness and tingling sensations originating from the elbow that extend down the inside of the forearm and into the hand. Other symptoms include decreased sensation and tenderness on the elbow. Advanced cases of the condition may result in the individual having difficulty gripping and holding on to objects.
Cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated without surgery, according to Dr. Alex Jimenez. A physical therapist can easily diagnose a person’s level of the condition and follow by determining and recommending lifestyle changes to avoid further injury to the elbow in order to allow the irritation of the nerve to decrease. The physical therapist may also follow treatment with exercises to restore the range of motion to the affected arm and strengthen the surrounding muscles to aid in the rehabilitation.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
The information herein on "Cubital Tunnel Syndrome" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional or licensed physician and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.
Our information scope is limited to Chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, contributing etiological viscerosomatic disturbances within clinical presentations, associated somatovisceral reflex clinical dynamics, subluxation complexes, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions.
We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from various disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and directly or indirectly support our clinical scope of practice.*
Our office has reasonably attempted to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.
We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez, DC, or contact us at 915-850-0900.
We are here to help you and your family.
Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, RN* CIFM*, IFMCP*, ATN*, CCST
My Digital Business Card