Elbow & Shoulder

Cubital Tunnel

Cubital Tunnel ulnar neuropathy is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the back of the elbow.

About Cubital Tunnel

Normally an EMG (Electromyography) is ordered to determine the severity of the condition combined with physical examination. In some cases an x-ray or ultrasound may be required to exclude other contributing factors or adjacent tendon inflammation.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cubital tunnel can be numbness and pain in the elbow and/or tingling especially in the ring and little fingers. Symptoms are usually worse when the elbow is in the flexed position. For example talking on your mobile or keeping your hand bent/crooked in a flexed position whilst sleeping. Severe symptoms can also include weakness affecting ring and little fingers, and muscle wasting of the hand.

Treatment Options

Risks & Concerns

The associated risks of surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  •  Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  • Risk of anaesthetic

If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Mr. Lawson-Smith’s staff will ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.

If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your General Practitioner or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.


Mr Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. Mr. Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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