Utilizing Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Ulnar Nerve Pathology.

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Utilizing Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Ulnar Nerve Pathology.

Manske RC, Voight M, Page P, Wolfe C.

 

ABSTRACT

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), is a frequently encountered condition in clinical settings, typically arising from static or dynamic compression of the ulnar nerve. CTS is characterized by the irritation of the ulnar nerve within the cubital tunnel and is a common neuropathic condition that can significantly impact functional abilities and quality of life. This article explores the utility of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK-US) in the evaluation of the cubital tunnel and the ulnar nerve. The cubital tunnel syndrome, a common entrapment neuropathy of the ulnar nerve, often presents diagnostic challenges. Traditionally, nerve conduction studies and electromyography have been the primary diagnostic tools used to diagnose CTS. Given the superficial nature of the ulnar groove and its adjacent structures, MSK-US imaging known for its non-invasive nature and high-resolution imaging capabilities, has become an increasingly valuable tool in the assessment and management of various musculoskeletal conditions. This article reviews the technical aspects of MSK-US, its advantages in visualizing the ulnar nerve and related structures, and its implications in clinical practice for rehabilitation providers. By integrating MSK-US in the evaluation of CTS, rehabilitation professionals can enhance diagnostic accuracy, tailor interventions, and improve patient outcomes.

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