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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Doctor

I am a firm believer in a trial of conservative (non-operative) care prior to proceeding with a surgical procedure. Surgical options are available, but most cases of cubital tunnel syndrome respond very well to non-surgical treatment such as medication and splinting.

Kathy from Thousand Oaks says "I had an awesome experience with Dr. Cohen. Highly professional, very kind, great staff, wonderful result on my surgery on my elbow, I couldn't recommend him more."   Read 100's of testimonials.

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Dr. Cohen is well versed in non-operative and surgical care of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Click on each category below for more information. Feel free to contact us to be seen by Dr. Cohen. We are easily accessible to patients off the 101 freeway in Westlake Village.

One of the main nerves in your arm is called the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve extends from your shoulder region to your hand. It passes through two "tunnels" in its journey, one behind the elbow and one in the wrist. The tunnel at the elbow is called the cubital tunnel. It is on the inside of the arm under a bony bump called the medial epicondyle, otherwise known as the funny bone. The nerve is very close to both bone and skin at this site. It is very susceptible to pressure or compression. Anyone who has bumped their funny bone understands this. The problem arises when the nerve is repeatedly compressed or irritated. This can cause chronic numbness and tingling in the hand. In extreme cases, it can even cause weakening of the grip or problems with finger coordination.

Although the nerve compression occurs at the elbow, the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome are felt in the hand. Numbness and tingling in the ring and little finger are most common. The symptoms may be more pronounced when the elbow is bent. Activities involving repetitive and prolonged flexing of the elbow put you at risk for cubital tunnel syndrome; frequently people who sleep with their elbows bent will have the problem.

If symptoms continue untreated for an extended period, you may begin to notice a weakening grip or difficulty in using a pinching motion. It is important that you seek treatment before muscle wasting occurs.

Dr. Cohen will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine the best course of treatment. Surgical options are available, but most cases of cubital tunnel syndrome respond very well to non-surgical treatment such as medication and splinting. Dr. Cohen may also discuss ways you can alter your activities to reduce pressure on the nerve. Sometimes surgery is required.

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Kathy from Thousand Oaks had an awesome experience with Dr. Cohen and his staff. She recently had elbow surgery and highly recommends him. Hear her story below:


Jodie had a cubital tunnel release and is seen here at second post-op visit.


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