What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the base of the palm, where it passes near the wrist joint. During carpal tunnel syndrome, a person may experience pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and arms.

Usually carpal tunnel syndrome worsens over time and can lead to more severe conditions, like nerve damage. Treating carpal tunnel syndrome early on is important to avoid further complications.

What is cubital tunnel syndrome?

Cubital tunnel syndrome affects the ulnar nerve and usually involves pressure or stretching. This condition is similar to carpal tunnel and can also cause pain, weakness and numbness and tingling. However, this condition affects the ulnar nerve so the numbness or tingling may be present in the fingers. Patients may also experience pain in the forearm and weakness in the hands.

What causes carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can often be caused by the following factors:

  • Frequent use of the hands
  • Genetics
  • Hand or Wrist Position
  • Pregnancy
  • Underlying Health Conditions

Cubital tunnel syndrome can be caused by the following:

  • Direct Pressure
  • Bending the Arm for Extended Periods of Time
  • Tissue Anatomy

Symptoms

The following are common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Numbness and tingling in the index, middle and ring finger, as well as the thumb
  • Pain and tingling in can often travel up the arm to areas like the shoulder
  • Weakness in the hands
  • Clumsiness or often dropping items, due to loss of control

The following are symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome:

  • Pain, as well as numbness and tingling in the ring and pinky fingers
  • Weakness or clumsiness after bending the arm for long periods of time

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, our orthopedic specialists are here to help.

Treatment

Treatment varies for each patient. Our specialists are extensively trained and possess the experience and knowledge to give patients the care they deserve.

First, our specialists will assess your condition to determine the best treatment plan.

Carpal tunnel treatment may or may not require surgery. This condition can sometimes be treated with a splint or a brace or with certain medications. Some patients may also benefit from nerve gliding exercises.

For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is recommended when the condition is severe, persistent and may cause long term damage.

Cubital tunnel syndrome can sometimes be treated simply by wearing a sling to alleviate pressure on the area. However, in severe cases surgery may be needed in order to relieve pressure on a nerve.

With both carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, treatment depends on the severity of a patient’s symptoms. We will discuss treatment options in your first consultation. AVORS is passionate about helping patients and strives to bring you high quality care.