Cubital Tunnel: The Unheard of Disease

Cubital Tunnel: The Unheard of Disease

by Natalie (SU)
Most people have probably heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but many have not heard of a similar disorder known as cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar neuropathy. Both conditions are related to compression on the nerves that run from the forearm to the hand in narrow “tunnels” created by strong connective tissue. In the case of carpal tunnel, the radial nerve is affected. In cubital tunnel however, it is the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve is sometimes called the funny-bone nerve, as hitting it can cause odd and painful sensations in the elbow. Much like carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, prickly sensations, weakness and pain along the pinky side of the hand. The pinky, ring and small fingers are often involved in cubital tunnel syndrome.