Elbow / Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
What is a Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the inside edge of the elbow. The symptoms are very similar to the pain that comes from hitting your funny bone, but infact its the ulnar nerve that is being hit. The nerve runs behind the inside of the elbow.
The ulnar nerve starts just above the arm pit along with other nerves that supply the sensation & power in hands. The ulnar nerve passes behind the inside of elbow behind a bone of the arm – called the medial epicondyle. As it passes beyond the elbow joint it goes through the ‘tunnel’ formed by muscle, ligament & bone. Sometimes you may be able to feel the nerve as you bend and straighten the elbow.
The ulnar nerve supplies feeling to the little & ring finger. It also supplies motor power to 15 out of 20 small muscles in hand.