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Carpal/Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


Although pain can occur in any part of the body, it may sometimes occur in the arm, either due to the nerves being pinched in the elbow or the wrist. This type of a problem, sometimes referred to as carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome can take place for any number of different reasons, including fluid retention, arthritis, aging and fractures in the area. It can also be a common problem that occurs due to typing or the use of other electronic devices from a repetitive stress injury.

Your doctor will want to see you for a physical examination to determine if you are having a problem with either of these issues. Some of the questions that you may be asked during your visit include a description of the nature of the sensations that you are experiencing. He may also want to know about any typing or any other work related job that would have you using your hands or arms in the same position for long amounts of time. Your doctor may also want to know if your hands bother you primarily at nighttime or during the day.


Some of the symptoms that you may experience as a result of carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling and pain in the fingers or in the hand. At times, it may affect the entire arm. Although the symptoms may be experienced at any time of the day, they are more likely a problem during the night. Losing your grip strength and an increase in pain may be problems if you don't get the treatment that you need when the issue becomes persistent.

There are a number of options available for treating this condition, including taking anti-inflammatory drugs or wearing a brace. If nonsurgical treatments are not successful, your doctor may consider surgery. He will also likely talk to you about some lifestyle changes that can help to reduce your risk of developing further problems with the area or in reinjuring it, after the treatment has been successful.