Nonsurgical Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Your hands and wrists are essential tools that allow you to work, play and perform everyday activities. How well the hand and wrist interact depends on the integrity and function of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and bones.

Problems in any of these can affect upper extremity function, causing disruptions at home and work and negatively impacting quality of life.

The human hand itself is very complex and delicate in structure.  At some time in life, you may experience hand or wrist pain.

Non-Operative Treatment

Treatment depends on what is causing pressure on the nerve.

For example, if the pressure is caused by the way the wrist is positioned when typing, a change in wrist position or the addition of some padding may be recommended.

In the case of a jackhammer operator, the person must eliminate the repetitive trauma by altering their technique, using protective padding or changing jobs.

A cyclist may relieve chronic pressure by frequently changing hand position on the handlebars and/or by adding protective padding.

In many cases of ulnar tunnel syndrome anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may alleviate symptoms.

Short-term use of a wrist splint may be helpful.

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