At some point in our lives, we’ve all bumped our “funny bone.” But, it’s no laughing matter when you experience shock-like elbow throbbing combined with pinky and ring finger numbness and tingling. This sensation occurs when the ulnar nerve in your arm becomes compressed, entrapped, pinched, or irritated.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve, which passes through the cubital tunnel—also known as the “funny bone” nerve—becomes inflamed, swollen, and irritated due to pressure or repetitive stretching.
Several activities can cause cubital tunnel syndrome, such as:
Other causes may include arthritis, bone spurs, and previous fractures or dislocations of your elbow.
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome often include:
The signs of cubital tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment may seem like other common hand and elbow conditions or problems. Don’t confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrome (which stems from compression of the median nerve in your wrist area) or radial tunnel syndrome (where the radial nerve is compressed). Cubital tunnel syndrome is also often confused with tendonitis, golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Combined with our cubital tunnel brace, your doctor may also recommend cubital tunnel syndrome exercises at home to help the ulnar nerve slide through the cubital tunnel more smoothly. Physical therapy treatment can also help prevent your arm, wrist, and fingers from getting stiff and sore. Severe cases of cubital tunnel syndrome may require surgery.
Wearing a cubital tunnel syndrome brace can help reduce ulnar nerve discomfort and symptoms such as ring and pinky finger numbness or tingling, weakening grip and finger coordination, or hand muscle atrophy. This elbow brace has many features that help it stand out from other elbow immobilizers on the market in terms of function, comfort, and fit.
Long-lasting, medical-grade fastener straps help ensure a secure and stable fit for proper immobilization during recovery. The universal, one size fits most design also means it can be worn comfortably on either your right or left arm. For the best fit, our happiest customers ask for help when applying this elbow extension splint.
This elbow support can be worn at night or during the day to limit movement, reduce irritation, and protect against chronic irritation from leaning on hard surfaces. Our entire wrap is lined with a soft material, in hopes of enhancing your comfort during extended wear.
The open-cell foam elbow pad protects your ulnar nerve from damage, impact, and compression due to resting on your elbow. If you work on a computer, it is important to avoid using the armrests on your chair and to exercise good posture. You could also buy an ergonomic computer mouse for cubital tunnel pain.
Each pocket contains a durable, polypropylene stay. One is thicker and more immobilizing. The other is thinner and more flexible. Depending on the degree of support needed, swap stays, remove one entirely, or remove both completely for full-range mobility. The stays are specifically engineered to prevent nerve entrapment due to excessive bending of your arm during the day or night.
Unlike other sleeves and braces to keep your elbow straight while sleeping, this device allows some movement. Its two rigid stays prevent your elbow from bending past a 90-degree angle, protecting your elbow joint against excessive flexion and hyperextension (over straightening) to reduce tension on your ulnar nerve. You can remove the stays entirely for full mobility. Retaining some motion is during recovery extremely important because it allows your muscles to continue to work and strengthen while you heal.
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