This is a condition that results from pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. This nerve is often traumatised at the elbow sending pins & needles/numbness to the little and ring fingers of the hand when it is referred to as banging your ‘funny bone’. Chronic pressure on the nerve or prolonged elbow flexion can cause numbness, tingling and even pain in the hand that can radiate to the elbow, in addition to clumsiness of the hand & weakness. In most cases Cubital Tunnel Syndrome results in numbness and tingling although in severe cases it can cause pain, weakness and eventually loss of muscle bulk.
Mr Thornton will assess you by taking a thorough clinical history and physical examination to assist diagnosis. There are a number of non-surgical treatments that will help relieve the symptoms of this condition if they are mild/transient including splintage or postural changes. Failure of these non-operative measures, chronic symptoms or permanent numbness/muscle wasting, indicates the need for surgical decompression that is usually carried out as a day case under regional anaesthetic. There are a number of different surgical techniques that can be used to decompress or re-route the nerve.