Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

The ulnar nerve is one of the arm’s major nerves, starting in the neck and traveling through the shoulder and down the arm to the wrist and fingers. This nerve provides sensation to the forearm as well as the fourth and fifth finger. It also stimulates the flexor muscle in the hand, which allows it to bend and move.

Because the ulnar nerve spans the entire length of your arm, there are many places along the nerve that can become compressed or irritated. When compression occurs, it is called ulnar nerve entrapment.

One of the most common conditions affecting the ulnar nerve is cubital tunnel syndrome, and it occurs when your ulnar nerve is damaged at the elbow. Similar to other injuries that impact the ulnar nerve, cubital tunnel syndrome can cause: 
  • Numbness and tingling in the ring and pinky fingers 
  • Weakened grip 
  • Pain or tenderness in the elbow 
  • Difficulty using fingers properly 
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures

If you experience any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, make an appointment with your Inspira doctor. Depending on the results of your physical exam, your doctor may conduct other tests, such as X-rays or nerve conduction studies, in which small needles are inserted into surrounding tissue to test nerve response.

Conservative treatments including medication, elbow braces and physical therapy often work in controlling symptoms. If these methods fail, you may need surgery. Common procedures include: 
  • Cubital tunnel release 
  • Ulnar nerve anterior transposition 
  • Medial epicondylectomy

Recovery from these procedures varies from person to person, but most patients can expect to make a full or nearly full recovery.

For more information about our neurosurgery services or to schedule an appointment at one of our South Jersey facilities, call 1-800-INSPIRA.

Why Choose Inspira?

Exceptional Care Close to Home

With a team of trusted neurosurgeons operating in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside of your community to receive cutting-edge care for ulnar nerve entrapment and cubital tunnel syndrome. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses bring a wide range of diverse expertise to the operating room, ensuring you get comprehensive neurosurgery services right in your neighborhood.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Inspira’s minimally invasive surgical experts specialize in treating conditions that affect the spine and surrounding nerves with skilled precision. Our state-of-the-art surgical facilities are equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows our neurosurgeons to use minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and scarring, improve surgical outcomes and speed up recovery time.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Thanks to Inspira’s integrated provider network, our neurosurgical team is poised to provide personalized, coordinated care. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, your surgeon will have access to other specialists—from intensivists and hospitalists, to endocrinologists and physical therapists—that will work closely together to diagnose and treat your condition.