About Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Numbness, tingling or pain in the pinky finger may be a manifestation of cubital tunnel syndrome. This is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve near the elbow. The increased pressure may be a result of normal aging, injury to the elbow or tedonitis in the elbow. The ulnar nerve passes around the elbow, so that prolonged bending will exacerbate symptoms and cause attacks of numbness in the pinky. If the pressure is severe or prolonged, nerve damage will be greater and numbness may persist even with the arm straight. In most severe cases, the nerve function is disrupted and the muscles of the forearm and hand shrink and hand function becomes weak and discoordinated.
There are many treatments available. Protecting the nerve with an elbow pad during the day and preventing excess bending with splinting the elbow at night may provide relief. If surgery is required, modern endoscopic techniques are available that have had patients back to vigorous activity in as little as 1 to 2 weeks. Occasionally, a more aggressive surgery that shifts the ulnar nerve in front of the elbow is required to relieve the pressure.
If you are concerned regarding this problem, we can perform a detailed examination, order tests as needed and discuss the options with you and find the option that best suits your needs. Contact us today.