We Can Diagnose and Treat Cubital Tunnel Syndrome at Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists!
Numbness, tingling, and pain felt in the elbow, forearm, hand and/or fingers may be caused by Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which can be expertly diagnosed and treated by Dr. Ying Chi. A double board-certified orthopaedic and hand surgeon, Dr. Chi specializes in the correction of multiple conditions affecting the hands and fingers, including Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.
Contact Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists today to schedule a consultation and have your symptoms expertly diagnosed and corrected by Dr. Chi.
What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
This condition affects the “funny bone” area of the inner elbow, where the ulnar nerve passes underneath a bump of bone and lies directly next to the bone, making it susceptible to pressure. In situations when there is pressure on the elbow or repetitive ending of the elbow, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome can be characterized by:
- Loss of sensation in severe cases
What Causes Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
As the ulnar nerve has very little padding, it is vulnerable and can become irritated due to significant or sustained pressure. The numbness and tingling typically affects the ring and little fingers and symptoms typically present when the elbow is bent for a prolonged period of time, such as when on the phone or while sleeping. Applying pressure to the ulnar nerve, such as sitting with your elbow on an armrest, can also cause symptoms to present.
At Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists, Dr. Chi utilizes advanced testing to assess your symptoms and may also test the nerves to confirm your diagnosis of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome before prescribing treatment.
How is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treated?
In some cases, this condition may be treated without surgery. Wearing an elbow pad or a splint while sleeping can often significantly relieve the pressure on the ulnar nerve. In advanced cases where symptoms are more severe or do not improve, surgical intervention may be required for the best results. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome relieves pressure on the nerve by improving its position to make it less susceptible. Based on the results of your x-rays and tests, Dr. Chi will discuss the treatment options that apply to your condition and, if surgery is necessary, she will let you know how to prepare and what you can expect.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chi and our medical team and find out if you are a candidate for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome treatment.