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Cubital Tunnel

Cubital tunnel syndrome is compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve in a tunnel on the inside of the elbow. The ulnar nerve provides sensation to the little finger and part of the ring finger, and power to the small muscles within the hand.

Numbness or tingling of the little and ring fingers are usually the earliest symptom. It is frequently intermittent, but may later become constant. Often the symptoms can be provoked by leaning on the elbow or holding the elbow in a bent position (e.g. on the telephone). Sleeping with the elbow habitually bent can also aggravate the symptoms.

If the condition progresses, numbness can become constant and the hand can become weak. If you notice these more severe symptoms please contact your GP practice.


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When to seek advice

If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111