Best Elbow Brace for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment… without Surgery
This arm and elbow brace for cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a great way to ease pain and numbness associated with the condition and to ward off surgery. The arm splint for cubital tunnel syndrome holds the elbow at a 122-degree angle. Doing so can ease pain stemming from the ulnar nerve and prevent it from catching within the joint.
Resting the nerve with a cubital tunnel syndrome brace can give inflammation a chance to subside, which is great since swelling can make it tougher for the nerve to move as it should and can cause pain and numbness.
Holding the arm in a slightly bent position is also preferable to holding it completely straight, as that can cause tissues of the arm to shorten, not to mention that can be quite uncomfortable.
These qualities also make the brace for ulnar nerve entrapment well suited for post-surgical use or post-cast removal when the joint is more vulnerable and in need of support.
This elbow orthosis is quite similar to another BraceAbility offering—the cubital tunnel syndrome elbow brace. Both support the elbow at a 122-degree angle and feature a tough outer shell and a soft inner liner. The relatively open designs of these stiff elbow splints offer easy access to any bandaging.
The main difference has to do with the placement of the splints for elbow support. While the product featured here should be applied to the outer part of the arm, the other splint for cubital tunnel syndrome supports the inner part of the arm. Thus, the cubital brace featured here offers a bit more protection to the ulnar nerve area.
The shell of the arm/elbow brace is a rigid ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material that is quite durable as well as heat and impact resistant.
Medial contouring also helps the cubital tunnel syndrome splint fit more comfortably against the arm. The rigid shell is lined with a plush, cloth material that further enhances the comfort level of this elbow immobilizer brace.
The three straps that secure the CTS elbow support are composed of a similar soft material with finished edges that will not rub or chafe the skin.
These straps are easy to secure thanks to their contact closures. Plus, the buckle you loop them through at the top and bottom of the cubital tunnel splint make adjustment a breeze.
The brace for elbow pain comes in numerous sizes fitting women and men of all shapes and sizes.
Can Arm Braces Provide Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Relief?
While not everyone is familiar with the ulnar nerve that is to blame for cubital tunnel syndrome (AKA, ulnar neuropathy), most have experienced the discomfort bumping it can cause. This nerve passes close to the skin’s surface in the “funny bone” area at the back of the elbow.
This nerve runs all the way into the hand, and pressuring or stretching it can cause pain, numbness, weakness or tingling from the forearm all the way down to the ring and pinky fingers. If left untreated, your hand may even take on a claw-like deformity.
What causes this pressure or stretching? Repeatedly leaning on the elbows (think leaning on an arm rest) can pressure the nerve. Holding the elbow in a bent position for a long time, such as when sleeping or talking on the phone, can overstretch it.
And some people simply have an ulnar nerve that is prone to shifting out of position when the arm moves. An overly mobile ulnar nerve can cause the soft tissues of the nerve to thicken and can lead to ulnar nerve entrapment.
In some cases, abnormal bone growth in the elbow vicinity or intense physical activity can result in pressure on the ulnar nerve. Baseball pitchers are especially at risk of developing this condition due to the motion required to throw a slider.
One of the most important steps toward a cubital tunnel syndrome cure is also one of the most obvious—avoid putting pressure on the joint. Wearing an elbow pad for ulnar neuropathy can help with this by protecting and cushioning the elbow.
A rigid elbow splint for cubital tunnel syndrome can also help as it protects the joint from and any damaging movements. Splinting for ulnar nerve entrapment forces you to give the joint a rest so healing can occur.
A doctor may also recommend wearing a cubital sleeping brace that prevents you from over-bending the arm during the night. The 122-degree angle at which this cubital splint holds the elbow as well as its soft liner makes it a great nighttime elbow brace.
Guided cubital tunnel syndrome therapy can also be effective for improving the function of the elbow and for learning techniques to avoid putting pressure on the nerve.
If such methods fail to bring cubital tunnel relief, surgery may be needed to relieve pressure on the nerve. You will likely need to wear a rigid elbow brace after surgery to restrict movement and protect the vulnerable tissues of the elbow. This particular full arm cast/splint can help after cubital tunnel syndrome surgery and other such operations. Therapy will also be necessary if you hope to make a full cubital tunnel syndrome recovery.
Q&A on Cubital Tunnel Brace
- What conditions / injuries does this elbow splint treat? This brace is intended for treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome. It can also be used for ulnar nerve conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation and post-cast removal care.
- How does it work? This full arm splint immobilizes the elbow at a 122-degree angle and protects it from outside forces.
- When should I wear it? It can be worn at night to prevent over-bending of the arm, or during the day to immobilize or stabilize your arm after surgery or cast removal.
- What is this splint made of? It has a rigid ABS plastic shell which is tough and durable, a plush liner, and three soft straps with Velcro closures.
- Who can wear this splint? Two sizes are available to fit men and women of all sizes, from petite people with small frames to plus-size individuals.
- How do I put it on? Undo all of the Velcro straps. Look for the word “Medial” on the plastic part of the brace. This is the inside, or the side that should be closest to your body. Flex your arm, and place your arm onto the padding, with your elbow in the middle, following the contour of the brace. Make sure the “medial” marking is on the inside. Wrap the middle strap around your arm and the brace and secure it closed. Next, slide the bottom strap through the buckle and tighten it to your desired comfort level. Repeat this step with the strap at the top of the brace.
- Washing Instructions: The shell can be wiped using a damp cloth with disinfectant/mild soap and then dried off. The liner of the night elbow brace can be hand-washed using warm water and mild soap. The liner should be air dried.
- Other features:
- If your arm is wrapped in bandages, the open design provides easy access to bandaging
- Three adjustable straps with Velcro closures allow for a customized fit
- The plastic outer layer is anatomically contoured to fit the natural curve of your arm
- The plush lining that your arm rests on is comfortable against your skin
- Color: Black
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