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What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by either stretching of or excess pressure on the ulnar nerve. This nerve runs along the elbow’s inner groove. It sits very close to the skin’s surface. If this nerve gets stretched or pinched, it can lead to some very unpleasant symptoms.

What Are Symptoms Of The Condition?

There are some key signs and symptoms that can let both medical professionals and patients they may be dealing with this condition. Symptoms include:

• Pain
• Loss of Sensation
• Tingling
• Weakness
• Exacerbated when elbow is bent

What Causes This Condition?

Numerous things can cause or exacerbate this condition. A few of the possible causes are:

• Leaning on the elbow
• Repetitive motions straining the elbow
• Sleeping with bent arms
• Bone Growth/Anatomy

How Is This Condition Formally Diagnosed?

When you feel concerned that you may be suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome, a medical professional can help you find out if you have this condition. The medical professional will look at your arms and hands, check their flexibility and movement. After the external examination, there may be blood tests for things such as thyroid disease or diabetes, for example. This is to ensure a correct diagnosis for the patient.

Another important test that doctors do for diagnosis is called EMG, or electromyography. This test looks at electrical activity throughout muscle tissues. They may also order a nerve conduction test which shows how well the nerves conduct signals. With the information from these tests, doctors can see where and how severe any damage to the nerves may be. They need to make sure that the effects aren’t from a pinched nerve in the neck, for example.
Luckily, after a diagnosis there are a wide range of treatment options available to ease discomfort and work toward full healing.

What Treatments Are Available To Patients?

The first line of treatment would include lifestyle changes and adaptions. You may be recommended to use a pillow or towel around the elbow, or wear a splint during the night to avoid further worsening.  A hand therapist or other medical professional may guide you in ways to avoid unnecessary pressure on the elbow in your daily routine. You may also be advised to stop a job or hobby that exacerbates the condition.  If your condition is on the severe end of the spectrum, or if it is caused by things like anatomy or bone growth, you may be recommended to have corrective surgery. This is why the diagnostic testing is important. It allows doctors and other medical professionals to see which course of action will be most beneficial in each individual case. Working closely with medical professionals after your diagnosis will help you regain quality of life. Following treatment plans can help you reduce or eliminate the symptoms of this condition and move forward with less pain.

Call POSMC today!

To schedule an appointment with one our specialists, contact our scheduling department at 972-250-5700 or request an appointment online.

POSMC is a full-service medical facility specializing in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries. The practice is led by a group of 12 board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Contact us today!

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COVID-19 Update

Updated May 11, 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 are our highest priority.

Dr. Richard Evanson spoke with Good Morning Texas about Plano Orthopedic’s  mission to continue treating patients in a safe environment during this pandemic. Click here to watch the video!

Office Schedule

Our office is open and operating from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  These are the same hours of operation Plano Orthopedic had prior to the pandemic. Following the Texas Medical Board minimum COVID-19 standards of safe practice,  Plano Orthopedic is requesting all patients wear a mask when visiting with the physicians.

Safety Screenings

Plano Orthopedic will continue to screen patients for potential symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their visit.  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.

Elective Surgeries

In accordance with governmental recommendations, Plano Orthopedic surgeons will continue to perform elective surgical procedures.  Patients with urgent needs, may be scheduled sooner, but only after consultation with their provider. Please anticipate a call from our clinical teams. 

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.

We Appreciate your Cooperation and Understanding

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 972-250-5700

 

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