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Hand Clin. 2007 Aug;23(3):311-8, v-vi.

Natural history and conservative management of cubital tunnel syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 4860 Y Street, Suite 3800, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. rmszabo@ucdavis.edu


Successful treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome requires obtaining a history of the physical and environmental factors involved for each patient, conducting a thorough physical examination, and staging and implementing an individually tailored treatment plan. Rest and avoiding pressure on the nerve by activity modification might be sufficient. If symptoms persist, splint immobilization of the elbow is warranted. Keep in mind that the natural history of untreated cubital tunnel syndrome includes spontaneous improvement in approximately half of patients.

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