Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, aka Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

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Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar nerve entrapment, is when the ulnar nerve becomes compressed or irritated at the elbow. These stretches and exercises are a great treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome.

An ulnar nerve glide helps loosen up the nerve when it is compressed. These should only be one 10 times once a day because any more might irritate the nerve even more.

With your thumb facing up toward the ceiling, flexing and extending at the elbow also helps free up the ulnar nerve in the cubital tunnel.

You can also help glide the tendons of the muscles around the elbow, which are also at the wrist by opening and closing your hand. You can do this with your elbow flexed or extended.

Then you can do soft tissue mobilizations at the elbow to help break up scar tissue. Be very gentle with this so you don’t risk irritating the nerve even more.

It’s also important to stretch your wrist flexors and extensors which attach at the elbow.

Finally a combination move of flexing the elbow and extending the wrist, and then straightening the elbow and flexing the wrist helps open up the cubital tunnel.

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