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.
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
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.