Cubital tunnel syndrome

There is a bump of bone on the inner part of the elbow under which the Ulnar nerve passes. This is commonly known as the “ funny bone”.

Here the Ulnar nerve lies directly next to the bone and is susceptible to pressure. When pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works then numbness, tingling and pain may be felt in the elbow or, more commonly, in the forearm and the hand at the base of the little and ring fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by persistent or repeated pressure on the Ulnar nerve.

The symptoms are usually felt when there is pressure on the nerve, such as sitting with an elbow on an arm rest, when the elbow is bent for a long period of time, such as being on the phone and sometimes after sleeping. Some sufferers may drop things.

Surgery is not always necessary. A patient may be able to change the way they use their elbow and avoid situations which could trigger pressure or pain. However, in more severe cases surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on the nerve

What next?

If you are suffering with a suspected condition, you should seek the advice of your doctor who will be able to refer you to Benenden Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

There are four ways to access treatment at Benenden Hospital which include self-funding, using private medical insurance or your Benenden membership, or through the NHS e-Referral scheme.