Physiotherapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome treatment. It helps to relieve pressure off of the elbow and ensure light movements to prevent any strain to it and is usually recommended after surgery. The physiotherapist recommends exercises and techniques to reduce the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome and helps to develop a treatment plan that meets the specific needs.
An Elbow brace or splint is worn at night to reduce irritation and limit movement. For protection, an elbow pad can be used to protect against chronic irritation from hard surfaces.
Apply cold compresses to the affected area for 5-10 minutes, multiple times daily. Cold packs can help relieve pain in the affected area and also enhance the process of healing.
Heat therapy compresses help improve blood flow in the affected area, and thus alleviate pain and speed up recovery.
Massage therapy can be effective for cubital tunnel syndrome, it may help in managing the symptoms of the syndrome.
Joint manipulation helps to manage and alleviate symptoms.
Range of motion exercises
Range of motion exercises help reduce the pressure and improve elbow function. The patient is asked to relax the arm while not using it.
Light free weight exercises
Flexion and extension of the elbow with weight in hand and other simple elbow range of motion exercises with dumbbells and weights.
Nerve gliding exercises
Nerve gliding techniques are the most commonly recommended exercises for cubital tunnel syndrome. This technique helps to stretch the ulnar nerve and also encourages movement.