Cubital tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive stress injury affecting Missouri workers. However, there is another type of repetitive stress injury called cubital tunnel syndrome. It affects the inner elbow and causes the worker to feel a pressure triggering sensation in the ulnar nerve. This nerve is responsible for providing feeling to the ring finger and little finger.
Work-Related Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Work-related trauma or repetitive motion from 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 as a result of 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 they do. It is normally caused by jobs that require repetitive straightening or bending of the elbow. 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 he or she is performing the action, but when he or she is at rest.
Symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include tingling, numbness, or pain in the forearm, extending from the elbow to the fingers. Usually, the pain is triggered when the worker bends the arm. The worker may feel a strain in the hand and it may seem as if the hand is falling asleep. Some workers who develop cubital tunnel syndrome also show signs of loss of finger coordination and a weakened grip. In severe cases, the affected person may completely lose sensation in the muscles of the hand.
Treatment for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
The simplest remedy for this injury is to avoid the activities that put pressure on the ulnar nerve. If the injury is the result of your work habits, you will have no option but to change your work habits. Changing the routine of the job, avoiding repetitive tasks, and avoiding resting the elbows on armrests can reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve.
If the condition has progressed and can no longer be cured by home remedies and rest, an injured worker may seek medical treatment. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory medication including steroidal and non-steroidal medication. Other treatments that a physician may prescribe are splinting or bracing, nerve gliding exercises, and in serious cases surgery may be required. Depending on how serious the injury is, the treatment may be lengthy and expensive.
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.