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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

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Treating Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and AllenWhat is it?

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a compression injury to the ulnar nerve which passes closely to the surface of the skin near the elbow. You can often feel the sensation this nerve can produce when you’ve bumped your help and it produces a pins and needles jolt also know has hitting your funny bone. This condition usually occurs when the cubital tunnel is compressed by continuously leaning or putting constant pressure on your elbow, bending your elbow for sustained periods of time, such as talking on the phone or sleeping with a bent elbow. It can also be aggravated by a bone growth in the elbow or repetitive twisting motion needed to throw a slider as seen in baseball pitchers.

Symptoms

Early symptoms include a tingling sensation that will often radiate down into the 4th and 5th fingers of the hand, or the ring and pinky finger and is often described as falling asleep sensation in the elbow and hand. More severe symptoms may cause pain and numbness in the elbow, and weakness in the forearm and hand.

Treatment

Treatment options include rest, immobilization with a splint, cushioning of the nerve with an elbow pad, and anti-inflammatory medications. Your physician may perform an EMG (electromyography), a nerve conduction study or both to properly diagnosis this condition. This will allow them to identify the area of nerve damage and determine the severity of damage that occurred to the nerve. In some cases surgery may be performed to alleviate the pressure on the ulnar nerve.

If you are experiencing Elbow pain, weakness of the Elbow, stiffness of the Elbow or night time Elbow pain, give us a call 972-250-5700 or make an appointment now.

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COVID-19 Update

Updated March 26, 2020

Plano Orthopedic, in unison with the CDC and other governmental agencies is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care while supporting social distancing and protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The health and safety of our patients, employees and their families is our highest priority.

Office Schedule

Our office is open and operating on a limited schedule to provide in-person critical care to our patients. Currently, we are transitioning our non-critical, in-person appointments to a telehealth platform for immediate care or scheduling appointments to a future date.

Telehealth Visits

Telehealth visits allow a patient to be cared for by our physicians and providers through video and audio technology.  You will then receive a link that you can utilize from either a computer (with video and audio capability), smart devices, or tablet.

Elective Surgeries

In accordance with governmental recommendations, all elective surgical procedures will be postponed until April 22nd. We are in the process of contacting our patients to reschedule for a later date.

Patients with urgent needs, may be scheduled sooner, but only after consultation with their provider. Please anticipate a call from our clinical teams.

Safety Screenings

For those patients with urgent needs, we are asking you NOT to present yourself in our office if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Please contact us to reschedule your appointment. We will also be screening all patients upon entry and are asking that patients over age 18 do not bring a visitor with them. Please also wash your hands upon entering and exiting our facility and practice social distancing in the lobby.

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We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect our patients and staff. We hope you are confident in Plano Orthopedics as we expand our health and safety measures during this time, while continuing to provide care to our patients.

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and we will be updating this page as the situation continues to evolve.

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