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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome - How to prevent?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome - Causes and Risk Factors

Pressure: The nerve has little padding over it – direct pressure can press on the nerve
Stretching: Keeping the elbow bent for a long time can stretch the nerve – this can happen during sleep
Anatomy: Sometimes the nerve does not stay in place and snaps back and forth over a bony bump as the elbow moves – this can irritate the nerve. Abnormal swellings within the cubital tunnel may also press on the nerve

Avoid actions that cause symptoms such as pressure/leaning on the elbow

How to relieve the pain

  • Take breaks in between work 
  • Use elbow pads
  • Wrap towels loosely around the elbow
  • Position pillows to keep the elbow straight when sleeping
  • Wear a splint to avoid bending of the elbow
    • Many different types of splints are available

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome - Preparing for surgery

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome - Post-surgery care

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