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Cubital Tunnel Rehab exercises

Cubital tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy of the ulnar nerve at the elbow commonly treated with physical therapy and rehabilitation. In this post we present a rehab program for cubital tunnel syndrome often termed ulnar “nerve flossing” or “nerve glide”. Ideally, this program is performed under the supervision of an athletic trainer or physical therapist although that may not always be possible or necessary. Key objectives of this rehab program include decreasing pain from cubital tunnel syndrome, improve elbow mobility and return to work or play.

Cubital tunnel and ulnar nerve illustration.[1]

Server Stretch. Begin with your arm fully extended and supinated (palm up). Bend at the elbow to about 90 degrees with palm facing your head. Rotate the hand so that it is facing the ceiling (like you are carrying a tray of food). Twist your palm so that your fingers are now facing away from you. Return your hand to the fully extended position with your wrist and fingers fully extended. Hold each of these positions for 5 seconds and repeat the entire circuit 5 to 10 times.

Head Tilt. Extend your affected arm out straight to your side with palm supinated (facing ceiling). Tilt your head away from you until you feel a stretch. Extend your fingers and wrist. Slowly return to the starting position. Repeat this 5 to 10 times.

Forearm Flexor Stretch. Fully extend your elbow and wrist. Using your unaffected hand, maintain this position for at least 30 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

Pronation Supination. with your elbow bent, face your palm towards the ceiling. Then slowly flip it over with palm towards the flow. Extend your elbow and shoulder and rotate your palm back up. Now make a fist, hold it and then release. Return to the starting position. Hold each position for 5 seconds and repeat 5 to 10 times.

Arm Flexion to Face. Extend both hands in front of you with wrists fully extended, level to shoulder. Slowly bend your elbows and bring your hands to your face. Keep your wrists extended. Repeat slowly 5 to 10 times.

Fist to open palm. In the first position, extend your arm out at shoulder height, make a fist and flex your wrist towards the ceiling. In position two, fully extend your wrist. In position 3, flex your elbow to about 30-45 degrees while maintaining wrist extension. Hold each of these positions for about 5 seconds and repeat 5 to 10 times.

A-Ok Stretch. With your arms fully extended to your side, make the “A-Ok” sign with your hand. Bend your elbow brining your hand towards your face. To maximize stretch, bring your hand in upside down with your fingers around your ear and jaw and then playing the “A-Ok” over your eye like a pair of glasses. Hold for 5 seconds before returning to the starting position. Repeat this slowly 5 to 10 times.

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