Last Updated on Dec 26, 2019

What are the Symptoms and Signs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

Symptoms may vary from person to person, but the most common ones are the following:

  • Numbness / Tingling / Pins-and-Needles Sensation: These occur in the ring and little finger and are the earliest symptoms and their intensity may fluctuate.
  • Loss of Sensation: This occurs in the ring and little finger, especially during bending the elbow, making it difficult to move the fingers.
  • Elbow Pain: This occurs due to stretching of the ulnar nerve during flexion.
  • Hand Pain / Weakness: Weakening of the grip and loss of dexterity may occur, making it difficult to type or play a musical instrument.
  • Hand / Thumb Clumsiness: This occurs due to muscle weakness.
  • Muscle Wasting: Muscle wasting in the hand can occur due to severe or prolonged ulnar nerve compression and cannot be reversed.
  • Clawing: This is a classic sign in which the last two fingers bend like a claw due to ulnar neuropathy.(4)
Symptoms and Signs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

References:

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