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Cubital tunnel syndrome: A common injury among office workers

If you work in an office and sit at a keyboard or desk all day, you’ve probably heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but what about cubital tunnel syndrome?

Cubital tunnel isn’t nearly as well-known as carpal tunnel syndrome – but it can be just as devastating to your ability to function.

What is cubital tunnel syndrome?

There’s a nerve bundle that runs from your neck to your hand, crossing by your elbow, called the “ulnar” nerve. When that nerve bundle gets compressed or damaged from overuse, it creates problems with your ability to use your hand properly. Because it also controls some of your forearm muscles, it can affect your ability to even grip objects.

Typically, you notice damage to the ulnar nerve when you feel numbness or a “pins-and-needles” sensation in your little finger and ring finger, although a lack of muscle control in your hand can also be a tell-tale sign.

What causes cubital tunnel syndrome?

Basically, anybody who has to bend their elbows a lot and people who rest their elbows on their desk all day are at risk of developing this condition.

There isn’t a lot of fleshy material around your elbow to protect those nerves, so cubital tunnel syndrome is basically (like carpal tunnel) a repetitive strain injury – which usually creeps up slowly and can be ignored or worked around until it gets severe.

Can you get workers’ compensation for cubital tunnel syndrome?

You can. Any injury that arises from your course of employment is potentially eligible for workers’ compensation. Don’t be afraid to pursue a claim to get the benefits you need to recover.


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