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Obtaining Compensation for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive stress injury affecting Missouri workers. However, another type of repetitive stress injury is cubital tunnel syndrome. It involves the inner elbow and causes the worker to feel a pressure-triggering sensation in the ulnar nerve, which provides feeling to the ring finger and little finger.

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Work-related trauma or repetitive motion, such as straining one’s arm or lifting weights, can cause this condition. Pressure on the ulnar nerve may cause numbness, tingling, and pain extending from the elbow to the fingers. Workers who develop cubital tunnel syndrome due to tasks they perform at the workplace are entitled to benefits under the Missouri workers’ compensation system.

Some types of workers are more prone to cubital tunnel syndrome than others because of the kind of work. It is generally caused by jobs requiring repetitive straightening or elbow bending. Employees who have to hold the phone for a prolonged period, such as those in customer service or those who have to lift packages, are prone to developing cubital tunnel syndrome. In most cases, the worker feels the pain and pressure not when working but at rest.

Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is characterized by specific symptoms affecting the arm and hand, typically resulting from prolonged pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Here are the common symptoms grouped into categories:

Sensory Symptoms:

  • Tingling: Often felt in the forearm and extending to the fingers.
  • Numbness: Similar areas as tingling, usually exacerbated when the arm is bent.
  • Pain: Can occur along the forearm and into the fingers, especially when bending the arm.

Motor Symptoms:

  • Weak Grip: Difficulty in holding onto objects due to weakened hand muscles.
  • Loss of Finger Coordination: Challenges with precise movements or tasks.

In severe cases, individuals may experience:

  • Loss of Sensation: Complete numbness in the hand muscles, leading to significant functional impairment.

These symptoms can significantly impact a worker’s ability to perform tasks, especially those requiring fine motor skills or repetitive arm movements. Prompt recognition and treatment are important to prevent the condition from progressing and worsening.

Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome involves lifestyle adjustments and medical interventions to alleviate pressure on the ulnar nerve and address symptoms. Here’s an organized approach to treating this condition:

Lifestyle and Work Adjustments:

  • Modify Work Habits: Change routines that exacerbate the condition, such as repetitive tasks.
  • Reduce Pressure: Avoid resting elbows on hard surfaces; use cushioned armrests instead.
  • Activity Avoidance: Cease activities that put direct pressure on the ulnar nerve.

If these initial steps are insufficient, especially when the condition progresses, medical treatments may be necessary:

Medical Treatments:

  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs, both steroidal and non-steroidal, to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Splinting or Bracing: To immobilize the elbow and reduce nerve irritation.
  • Nerve Gliding Exercises: Help to maintain nerve mobility and prevent stiffness.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, to relieve pressure on the nerve.

The duration and cost of treatment can vary significantly, depending on the severity of the injury. Workers experiencing symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome should consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most effective treatment plan.

Missouri Workers Comp Lawyer

If you have developed cubital tunnel syndrome as a result of the tasks you perform at work, you may be entitled to benefits under the Missouri workers’ compensation system. To prove that the injury is work-related, you may need the help of an experienced Missouri workers’ compensation attorney. Contact The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 for a free consultation.

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Updated: May 6, 2024