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Best Exercises for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Thursday, 7 September 2017

If you are suffering from cubital tunnel syndrome, caused by the compression of the ulnar nerve on the inside of your elbow, we come bearing good news. Conservative, non-surgical treatment has been shown to have a 90% success rate in acute ulnar irritation, with the symptoms usually resolving within the following two to three months. Conservative treatment typically includes a four to six week period of immobilisation with the help of an elbow splint or brace, as well as regular exercise and patient education.

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We all know that finding the best exercises and learning all about the condition can take a lot of your precious time, so we decided to help you by gathering all the most common elbow exercises in one place and leading you through them step by step. None of these exercises require any special equipment, and all you need to invest are 15 minutes a day.

1. Elbow Flexion and Wrist Extension

Time required: 3 minutes

  1. Sit tall on a chair and reach the affected arm out to the side, level with your shoulder, while your hand is facing the floor.
  2. Now turn your fingers toward the ceiling, then bend the arm and bring it toward the shoulder.
  3. Slowly repeat 5 times.

2. Arm Flexion in Front of the Body

Time required: 3 to 6 minutes

  1. Sit tall on a chair and reach the affected arm straight out in front of you with the elbow straight and level with the shoulders.
  2. With your palm facing the ceiling, bend the wrist down to point your fingers toward the floor.
  3. Now bend the elbow and bring your wrist toward the face.
  4. Slowly repeat 5 times to 10 times.

3. The Head Tilt

Time required: 3 minutes

  1. Sit tall on a chair and reach the affected arm out to the side with the elbow straight and level with the shoulder. Make sure your hand is facing the ceiling.
  2. Tilt your head away from your hand until you feel a pleasant stretch.
  3. Return to the starting position and slowly repeat 5 times.

4. A-OK

Time required: 3 minutes

  1. Sit tall on a chair and reach the affected arm out to the side with the elbow straight and level with the shoulder. Make sure your hand is facing the ceiling.
  2. Join your thumb and index finger in a circle, to make the OK sign.
  3. Now bend your elbow and bring the hand toward the face, wrapping the remaining three fingers around the ear and jaw, and placing the OK sign over your eye.
  4. Hold the position for 3 seconds, then return to the starting position and repeat the exercise 5 times.

What Can Health and Care Do for You?

Studies have shown that wearing a night splint for three months, combined with nerve gliding exercises, is highly successful in combating cubital tunnel syndrome. If you are looking for the perfect elbow splint, we have just the thing for you.

Our Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Elbow Splint has a proven track record of helping people fully recover from cubital tunnel syndrome and is available at a very affordable price right here on Health and Care.

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