Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CUTS): The “funny bone” injury
The pain in my “funny bone” is doing anything but make me laugh, what is it? Unlike the more commonly known injury that affects many Illinois workers, carpel tunnel syndrome which exhibits pain in one’s wrist, another injury suffered by Illinois workers is capital workers tunnel syndrome and occurs in the often called “funny bone” or one’s inner elbow. People suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome feel a pressure triggering sensation on the ulnar nerve which lies directly next to the bump on one’s bone on the inner portion of one’s elbow and provides feeling to the little finger and ring finger. Work related injuries may be the cause of cubital tunnel syndrome. Repetitive trauma from lifting or straining one’s arm in different bent positions at a job can exert undue pressure on one’s ulnar nerve. This pressure then may trigger disturbance of the entire nerve resulting in tingling, numbness, and paid from the elbow to one’s fingers. If you believe you suffer from cubital tunnel syndrome, consult workers’ compensation attorney to see if you are entitled to relief.
Is my job prone to causing cubital tunnel syndrome? It depends. Physicians should be consulted to exam the pain you feel in the ulnar nerve. Cubital tunnel syndrome may be caused by jobs that involve repetitive bending and straightening of the elbow. For example, an employee that does repetitive lifting of packages or an employee who is at a desk holding a pone for long periods of time. Both of these employees are exerting pressure on the ulnar nerve which may over a period of the lead to signs of cubital tunnel syndrome. Some people will not notice the pain while the action is taking place but will feel the increased pressure when they are lying down or sleeping. A workers’ compensation attorney can help determine whether your pain is due to a work related injury.
What are common signs of cubital tunnel syndrome? Consult a physician to have the pain fully assessed, but there are common trigger signs that may indicate cuital tunnel syndrome. The signs include numbness, tingline and/ or pain on one’s forearm from he elbow to fingers. The ulnar nerve sends sensation from one’s little finger and to half of the ring finger on the front and back side of one’s hand. Pain may be triggered when the arm is in a bent position. Whether it is when holding a phone to one’s ear or ehen resting an arm on an armrest, the severity varies from person to person. Most often, one will first feel the pressure of strain in the hand. There is a sense that one’s hand is “falling asleep”
Often, especially when one’s elbow is bent. Other cases show signs of weakened grip and/ or loss of finger coordination. In extreme cases, a person may lose all sensation in the muscles of one’s hand.
Can cubital tunnel syndrome be treated? Yes. The easiest at home remedy cubital tunnel syndrome is to avoid doing the activity the causes pressure or stress to the ulnar nerve. Unfortunately, if you believe the pain is a result of a work duty, this may be unavoidable. To reduce the pressure on the ulnar nerve, you can change your work habits. Remedies include avoiding resting one’s elbows on armrests of chairs and chaging up the routine of one’s job to avoid heavy repetition of tasks. At home, to avoid resting your elbow in a bent position you may wrap your arm in a towel with tape to remind you to keep its straightened. A physician should be consulted as to when or how remedies should proceed or if you plan on changing your routine. Treatments include medication to reduce swelling such as in non-steroidal and steroid and steroid manners, bracing or splinting, nerve gliding exercises, and surgery. Depending on the severity of your injury, the pain may be costly.
Is cubital tunnel syndrome coverd under Worders’ Compensation? It depends on whether repetition and patterns can be shown through one’s work tasks. If you have been diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome as a result of repetitive trauma at work, an Illinois Workers’ Compensation attorney can fight to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve. Employers often deny liability for these types’ of injuries, so contact us today to get an experiences attorney on your side.