How is cubital tunnel syndrome treated?
Conservative methods are typically the first line of treatment for the ulnar nerve compression. Rest, elbow splints, and NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy may be implemented to strengthen the arm muscles; occupational therapy can fine tune motor skills.
If nonoperative methods fail or if cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms are longstanding, surgery is indicated. Dr. Williams performs ulnar nerve decompression and transposition on an outpatient basis. Light sedation and regional anesthetic are used during this surgery. An incision is made at the medial elbow, and the nerve is mobilized and cleared of all adhesions. The nerve can be left in the decompressed tunnel, or moved to a new location that is usually anterior to the cubital tunnel. It typically takes six weeks to recover from ulnar nerve compression surgery.