What is the initial conservative treatment of cubital tunnel ulnar neuropathy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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For initial conservative treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome, use of an elbow pad or night splinting for a 3-month trial period is recommended. [153, 154] If symptoms do not improve with splinting, daytime immobilization for 3 weeks should be considered. Surgical release may be warranted if the symptoms do not improve with conservative treatment. If the symptoms do improve, conservative treatment should be continued for at least 6 weeks beyond symptom resolution to prevent recurrence. [155]


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