Non-operative Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
The earliest symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome generally lessen with the cessation of repetitive or irritating activities. In addition, the symptoms may also be controlled through anti-inflammatory medications. It is far more important, however, to simply stop or modify the activity that is causing the pain in the first place. When performing a task that demands frequent elbow bending, limit the amount of time you apply toward it. Remember to take frequent breaks and, if necessary, simply modify your work-related activities.
If the symptoms are more severe at night, an athletic arm pad or a plastic arm splint may limit movement and ease irritation while you sleep. Always remember to wear the pad in the bend of the elbow to help keep the elbow straight. The elbow pad can also be worn during the day at work.
Your doctor may recommend that you consult with an occupational or physical therapist. This should provide helpful tips on how to rest the elbow and how to perform necessary activities without placing extra strain on the elbow joint. Your therapist might apply heat or other treatments to help ease the pain. Exercises and stretching techniques can help strengthen the forearm muscles while also providing pain relief.