What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common condition caused by the compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow area. The ulnar nerve is one of three major nerves that run from your neck down your arm and into your fingers. When this nerve is compressed, it can cause numbness, tingling, pain, and decreased sensation in the hand and fingers. Fortunately, chiropractors are trained to help alleviate these symptoms with a variety of treatments.
What Causes Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?
Cubital tunnel syndrome is most commonly caused by repetitive use of certain muscles or joints in the elbow area such as typing or playing musical instruments. It can also be caused by an injury to the elbow or trauma to the area. In some cases, it may be caused by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.
Chiropractic Care for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome. Treatment typically involves manual manipulation of the elbow joint to reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve and restore its normal movement. Chiropractors may also recommend lifestyle changes such as avoiding activities that place strain on the elbow joint or using ergonomic tools to reduce strain while working. Additionally, they may recommend exercises that strengthen surrounding muscles to help support the joint and alleviate symptoms.
In more severe cases, chiropractors may recommend immobilization devices such as splints or braces to keep pressure off the ulnar nerve while allowing a full range of motion in other joints so you can still perform everyday tasks without exacerbating your condition. Some chiropractors may also suggest physical therapy treatments such as ultrasound therapy or electric stimulation to reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve.
You Don’t have to Suffer in Pain
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that can have a significant impact on daily life if left untreated. Fortunately, chiropractic care offers non-invasive solutions for those suffering from this condition that allow them to continue doing their favorite activities without worrying about further exacerbating their symptoms. If you’re experiencing any type of pain or discomfort in your elbows or hands due to cubital tunnel syndrome or if you have other questions or would like to learn more about chiropractic care and if it is right for you, book a free online appointment with myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another chiropractor at CARESPACE Health+Wellness with locations in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.