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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and its Physiotherapy Treatment

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an ulnar nerve compression on the inside of the elbow. After Carpal tunnel syndrome, it is the second most frequent nerve compression in the upper extremity. or Ulnar Neuritis or Compression of the Ulnar Nerve

The ulnar nerve is a nerve that runs down the inside of your elbow and supplies the inside of your forearm as well as the palm side of your fourth and fifth fingers.

Overuse or overloading of the Triceps muscles, elbow or forearms, existence of a spur on the medial epicondyle in the elbow or Cubital valgus, and so on are all causes of Cubital tunnel syndrome. This is most typically observed in tennis players, bench pressers, and those who sleep with their arms over their heads.

Symptoms are:

  • Common CTS symptoms include
    • numbness and tingling on the palm side of the fourth and fifth fingers,
    • weakness in grip,
    • forearm pain, or
    • Also, loss of sensation.
    • CTS symptoms are exacerbate by activities that require bending of the elbow, which stretches the ulnar nerve, and excessive cell phone use.
  • Also, More severe CTS symptoms include: hand weakness or clumsiness, muscular atrophy, and claw hand deformity, among others.

Nonsurgical therapy for CTS includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, night bracing, and other measures.

Aside from the aforementioned treatments, physiotherapy has been clinically established to be the best treatment for this.

CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT INCLUDES:

  • Treatment starts with thermal therapy and combination treatment. We also use Iontophoresis to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Our physiotherapist will then do ulnar nerve flossing or nerve gliding to alleviate irritation.
  • The Ultrasound machine, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy machine (ECSWT), High-Intensity Class 4 Laser, Wireless Professional, and other high-tech modalities are available at Elite Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre.
  • Massage or soft tissue mobilization of the triceps.
  • Exercising the triceps using a band.
  • Massage of the wrist flexors.
  • Kettlebell Eccentric wrist curl.
  • Activity modification.
  • In addition, Mobilization of the elbow joint.
  • Kinesio Taping- Our Physiotherapist will apply specialist Tape to your elbow to stabilize the joint and prevent future damage to the tendon while also reducing inflammation.
  • Also, Dry needling.

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