Cubital tunnel syndrome is an injury to the nerve that’s cutting behind the elbow out towards the hand. You felt this ulnar nerve in action when you whack your arm against the wall or a door. You feel that numbness and tingling in your little finger, that kind of ache that takes a couple of minutes to go away. What you’ve done is you’ve crushed that nerve between the wall and the bone, so that squish sets off those pain receptors in the fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome is commonly a swelling or an inflammation around that nerve compressing.
It, causing pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in these fingers. Many times it’s from muscle tendon attachments down near that elbow. As they get sore and swollen, they’re increasing the inflammation and fluid in that area which is compressing that nerve. Sometimes we’ll get a bursitis where that bursae is a fluid filled sac that’s a shock absorber. When that gets injured it will swell up a little bit too. That swelling causes compression. So depending on the reason for the compression, we’re going to do different treatments to get the pain down, get the inflammation down, get this area to heal so the compression comes.