Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar neuropathy, is a condition that involves the compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel of the elbow.
Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
The symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome can vary in severity and may include:
- Numbness and Tingling: Sensations of numbness or tingling in the ring and little fingers, which may extend to the forearm.
- Weakness: The weakness in the hand and fingers leads to difficulties with gripping or fine motor tasks.
- Pain: Aching or sharp pain along the inner side of the elbow, often exacerbated by bending the elbow or keeping it in a flexed position for extended periods.
- Muscle Atrophy: Over time, muscle wasting (atrophy) may occur in the hand, particularly in the muscles that control the thumb and little finger.
- Clumsiness and Difficulty with Coordination: Reduced dexterity and coordination, making it challenging to perform precise hand movements.