My pinky and ring finger are NUMB all the time!

“My pinky and ring fingers are numb, but I don’t think I have carpal tunnel!” There are multiple causes of numbness and tingling in the hands. One of the main causes is called cubital tunnel syndrome. This tunnel is a narrow space around your elbow that allows the ulnar nerve to glide through toward your pinky and ring fingers. When this nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed, symptoms can present that include numbness, tingling, or pain in the pinky and ring fingers.

Other signs and symptoms of cubital tunnel can include entire hand pain, weak grip, clumsiness due to muscle weakness in the affected arm and hand, or aching pain on the inside of the elbow.

This condition occurs usually in females (81% of the time) and in those who have their elbow bent and compressed on a repetitive basis. It can also present after an injury to the elbow. Other providers may look for arthritis, bone spurs, or previous fractures/dislocations on x-ray or MRI. I, however, as a chiropractor like to treat first and look for results!

If I suspect cubital tunnel in a patient, treatment may include joint manipulation if indicated in the elbow, wrist, shoulder, and neck. There will also be manual muscle therapy performed to the muscles surrounding the elbow. But, the most important step will be exercises! These will insure proper strength and stability in the elbow and surrounding joints to prevent future flare ups. If this fails to help the symptoms, medication, rest, or surgery may be warranted.

Watch out for these symptoms in yourself and others and get the help you need at Impulse Chiropractic and Rehab!

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