Ulnar Nerve Entrapment (Syndrome)

Elbow Diseases & Conditions - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

The ulnar nerve is one of the three major nerves in the arm, and is responsible for supplying impulses to the muscles of the hand and sensation (feeling) for the little and ring finger. When ulnar nerve entrapment occurs at the elbow, it is known as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

If sensory symptoms only are present (such as tingling in the little finger), the first line of treatment is observation, activity modification and splinting. It is thought that holding the elbow in a bent position for prolonged periods at night may contribute to ulnar nerve entrapment, so wearing an elbow extension splint at night may help. If the symptoms are more severe  or do not improve with conservative treatment, surgery may be indicated.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for ulnar nerve entrapment and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

To find out more about ulnar nerve entrapment or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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