Ulnar neuropathy, also known as cubital tunnel syndrome, puts pressure on the ulnar nerve each time the elbow is bent, reducing the supply of blood to the nerve.

Symptoms:

Numbness and tingling in the muscles of ring and little fingers and along the back and side of the hand; general weakening of the hand.

Treatments:

A search of the internet will reveal a bewildering number of remedies for CTS. The ones I have come across are listed in these pages but I am always interested to hear of others. Only three interventions have been conclusively shown to be of benefit in randomised controlled clinical trials:

Surgery:

– Open

– Endoscopic

Steroids – by local injection, orally, or transcutaneously by iontophoresis or phonophoresis

Splinting (Conventional future-off the shelf or custom built or various more exotic splint designs proposed by individual authors)

Other conventional and ‘alternative’ treatments have not as yet been proven to help. The most promising data on the alternatives relates to local ultrasound and to ligament stretching devices but results are contradictory at present. On this site you will find a summary of important treatment trials and details of trials we are thinking of carrying out in Canterbury.

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