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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is the result of damage to the nerve ends passing through the elbow joint. The nerve root is compressed, which leads to the appearance of severe pain, inability to make bending movements with an injured elbow. Cubital tunnel syndrome provokes pain similar in sensations to the feeling when a person hits the elbow hard.
Why does it happen?
Damage to the nerve of the elbow joint occurs for the following reasons:
Symptoms of the cubital tunnel syndrome have the following manifestations:
The localization of pain with compression of the ulnar nerve.
With the timely diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome, medication is prescribed. The patient is prescribed medications that reduce the intensity of pain in the elbow and relieve inflammation. For the fastest restoration of motor functions, it is necessary to undergo a course of physiotherapy, massages.
It is recommended to fixate the elbow joint with a special plastic splint or lay a pillow underneath so that the pain does not disturb during sleep. For the period of treatment of the cubital tunnel syndrome, it is necessary to limit the load on the elbow, and, if possible, to stop using the joint completely.
In the absence of positive dynamics from drug treatment and physiotherapy, the only method of treating the cubital tunnel syndrome is surgery. The purpose of the surgery is to relieve the injured nerve of the elbow joint from pressure. There are two surgical methods used in this case:
The operations are performed using local anesthesia, in case of poor tolerance to surgical procedures, general anesthesia is used. Surgery is performed in an outpatient setting. After surgical treatment, it is necessary to undergo a rehabilitation course. Physiotherapy is prescribed, aimed to assist the fastest restoration of the elbow joint.