Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Brace for Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Treatment
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:
- Repeatedly bending your elbow (e.g. bowling).
- Holding your elbow bent more than 90 degrees for long periods of time.
- Leaning your elbow on a hard surface frequently (e.g. while typing).
- Experiencing an injury to the area.
- Sleeping with a pillow flexed hard between your head and shoulder.
Other causes may include arthritis, bone spurs, and previous fractures or dislocations of your elbow.
Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome often include:
- A numb and tingling sensation in your hand or ring and pinky finger, especially when your elbow is bent.
- Numbness and tingling in the middle of the night or early morning.
- General hand pain.
- Aching pain on the inside of your elbow.
- Weak grip and difficulty with finger coordination in your affected arm and hand.
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.
Key Features and Benefits of This Cubital Tunnel Elbow Splint
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.
Universal Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Brace
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.
Elbow Splint for Sleeping or Daytime
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.
Ulnar Nerve Elbow Pad
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.
Includes Two Removable Stays
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.
Ulnar Neuropathy Relief Without Total Restriction
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Elbow Brace for Radial Tunnel Syndrome
- Who can wear it? Available in one universal size, fitting most adult men and women.
- How do I know what size to get? To determine your size, find the circumference around the widest point of your unflexed bicep bent at a 90-degree angle. Fits bicep circumferences up to 16 inches.
- What conditions does this elbow brace treat? Specifically designed to aid in the recovery and/or prevention of cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, elbow hyperextension, ulnar neuropathy, carpal tunnel elbow, radial tunnel syndrome, cubital fossa syndrome, tendonitis, and tennis or golfers elbow. Also great for other elbow overuse injuries and after cubital tunnel repair surgery.
- How do I put it on? Undo straps and lay flat with tag side facing up. With narrow straps facing inward, place your elbow on the circular pad. Loosely wrap around the forearm strap and fasten. Wrap around the bicep strap and fasten. Readjust the forearm and bicep straps until you achieve a secure fit. Wrap the narrow straps around your elbow and attach. Readjust as needed. The pockets contain two stays. One is thicker and more immobilizing, while the other is thinner and more flexible. Depending on the degree of support needed, swap stays, remove one entirely, or remove both completely.
- How do I apply the brace alone? For the best fit and proper immobilization, our happiest customers have help applying this elbow splint.
- Can I wear this elbow splint over long-sleeved shirts? Yes, this elbow support brace can be worn over long-sleeve shirts. Some people prefer the added layer of fabric between their arm and the brace.
- How tall is this elbow immobilizer? It is eight inches tall.
- What material is it made of? Foam interior and nylon unbroken loop exterior with nylon hook fasteners, open-cell foam elbow pad, and polypropylene stays.
- When should I wear it? This brace can be worn throughout the day and at night while you sleep for elbow immobilization. Consult with your doctor for specific usage instructions.
- Washing instructions: Remove stays. Hand wash in warm water with mild detergent. Allow brace to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
- Other Features:
- Can be worn on your right or left arm
- Medical-grade hook and loop fastener is ten times stronger than standard, retail-grade fastener
- Pressure-sensitive foam shields your elbow from impact
- Color: Black
Brace Helping My Son
My son is 15 and very active in sports. He wrestles and every time he wrestles without this brace his elbow pops out of place. Since he has started using this brace it doesn’t pop out and he doesn’t get fluid on his elbow. This brace has been a game changer for my kid.
Falls Down My Arm
Fair, I had to buy 2, one for each arm. One is falling down my arm, and the other is just fine. I find that the one on my right arm could be bigger. One size does not fit all perhaps. The material is good, I like the ability to have the stiffer or the softer plastic inserts.
With having lateral epicondylitis and being a very physical busy person, this elbow brace from Brace Ability has been WONDERFUL! I've tried many others and non compare to the support & comfort of what I purchased in this brace. I would recommend to any & all who need it. Mahalo nui! Logan-
Really helped my elbow
It works great.
Took a bit getting used to but it definitely helped my issue.