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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that occurs in the ring finger, pinky, and inner portions of the hand (if palm is facing up) and may extend to inside of arm to the elbow. This results from the compression of the ulnar nerve, a major nerve that runs the length of the forearm. The sensation that one experiences when you “hit your funny bone” actually results from hitting the ulnar nerve that runs near the bone. To diagnose, the provider will do certain examinations to try and re-create the sensation by tapping on the nerve. The initial treatment is use of a splint to keep your elbow from bending. Additional treatment options can be over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and therapy to improve positioning. Injections may be an option. If these do not work, surgical treatments may be necessary.