Ulnar nerve entrapment / Cubital tunnel syndrome
What is ulnar nerve entrapment?
What causes ulnar nerve entrapment?
How can ulnar nerve entrapment be treated?
Treating ulnar nerve entrapment will typically include relieving the strain on the hand, as well as minimising the activity/movement that caused the condition. If it’s caused by using a mouse, you should see whether you can change the way you use the mouse or swap to an ergonomic mouse, such as RollerMouse. You may also have to take a closer look at your keyboard, as its tilt can be crucial for the strain on the wrist and fingers. In rare cases, the solution may be surgery.
You may also need to do stretching exercises for this area, which can help prevent pain and discomfort.
Can ulnar nerve entrapment be avoided completely?
You can minimise the risk of developing ulnar nerve entrapment by being aware of the risk factors. Therefore, if you spend many hours working in front of a computer, it is a good idea to consider how you work in front of the computer to ensure the least possible overstraining and pressure.
Note: If you develop symptoms of mouse arm that might be related to your job, you should speak to your employer or health and safety representative (HSR). If you work a lot with a computer, you can investigate the possibility of changing your work assignments or swapping your traditional computer mouse for an ergonomic mouse, as this may contribute to relieving your pain. If your symptoms persist, we advise you to contact your doctor.