Cubital Tunnel or Golfer’s Elbow?

With all of the repetitive strain injuries out there these days, it is easy to get confused about which symptom goes with which injury and which tasks are at the top of the list for being the most “risky”. 

 It is very important for the injured to know what is what, as so many physicians are misdiagnosing the condition and then of course prescribing a treatment for the misdiagnosed condition, which equals, the “wrong treatment”. 

Cubital Tunnel and Golfer’s Elbow both involve the elbow, so how do you know what is what?  Here I will reveal the differences so that you know what to look for, thereby giving you the ability to choose the appropriate treatment(s).

Symptoms                           Cubital Tunnel                             Golfer’s Elbow

  • Location                           Elbow, ring & little finger                  Elbow
  • Numbness                       Ring & little finger                              No
  • Tingling                            Ring & little finger                              No
  • Paresthesia                      Ring & little finger                              No
  • Pain                                   Elbow, fingers                                     Elbow – Medial Epicondyle and/or 1-2 inches below elbow joint on front-side of forearm with possible referral to wrist.

The real differences between these two disorders are that with Golfer’s Elbow, there is NO numbness, tingling or paresthesia (pins and needles) in the ring or little finger and the pain is more of a muscle pain due to microtears in the soft tissues due to direct trauma or overuse (where the flexor muscles attach to the medial epicondyle of the elbow and/or one to two inches below the elbow joint in the belly of the flexor muscles at the musculotendinous junction, where the tendon and muscle come together), which most often present themselves as painful when attempting to grip an object or shake someone’s hand. 

Whereas, symptoms affecting the ring and little fingers only occurs in Cubital Tunnel Syndrome because the ulnar nerve is being impinged / compressed. The symptoms in the elbow in Cubital Tunnel are more along the lines of nerve irritation, often feeling like you hit your “funny bone”. Compression of the ulnar nerve is generally due to tight compressive flexor muscles causing a shift in the elbow joint, thus reducing the space of the Cubital tunnel and compressing the nerve.

Now that you know this information, you are all the wiser to make more appropriate decisions about possible treatment options….which are?  (Treatment Options Coming Next)

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