Ask a Doctor: Pain could be cubital tunnel syndrome

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Cubital tunnel syndrome is the second most common nerve constriction issue in your upper body, after carpal tunnel syndrome.


“Cubital tunnel syndrome affects a variety of people,” says Dr. Craig L. Olson, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic.


It most commonly affects people who:

  • Frequently put weight on their elbows
  • Often bend their arms for long periods of time (such as while sleeping with a bent arm or talking on the phone)
  • Have sustained a past arm injury
  • Are involved with throwing sports, such as baseball pitchers
  • Have anatomical irregularities

Ask a Doctor: Pain could be cubital tunnel syndrome


Symptoms for cubital tunnel syndrome include numbness, pain or tenderness in the elbow; tingling, weakness, and decreased sensation in the pinky and ring finger; decreased hand grip; decreased pinky and thumb pinch strength; and muscle atrophy in the hand, Olson says.




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