Elbow Nerve Entrapment

What is Elbow Nerve Entrapment?

Elbow nerve entrapment refers to a condition in which a nerve is trapped in the elbow canal, causing problems and unpleasant symptoms in the arm.

Nerve Entrapments in the elbow can be classified as:

1. Median nerve entrapment.

Median nerve entrapment in elbow can occur around the elbow joint. The most common site of median nerve compression at the elbow level is between the two heads of the pronator muscle.

2. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment.

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment occurs when the ulnar nerve in the arm becomes compressed or irritated. It is also referred as tennis elbow nerve entrapment. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment is a condition responsible for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

3. Radial Nerve Entrapment in elbow.

Radial Nerve Entrapment occurs when the radial nerve is compressed within the elbow canal. It is also noteworthy that in some cases, Radial Nerve Entrapment originates from a compression occurring in the proximal forearm.

The Ulnar nerve is one of three main nerves of the arm, it runs from the neck to the wrist and enables the arm and hand to perform naturally. Ulnar Nerve can get trapped in multiple places, but it is most likely to be compressed behind the elbow.

Elbow Nerve Entrapment can be treated with non-invasive and invasive treatment options.

Who Needs Elbow Nerve Entrapment Surgery?

Elbow Nerve Entrapment surgery is prescribed in the following cases:

  • Patients who have been diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Patients who are experiencing symptoms like arm pain, arm muscle fatigue, and loss of motion in the arm, etc.
  • Patients who have tried non-invasive treatment for at least three weeks to no result.
  • The non-invasive treatments have not treated the condition or improved the symptoms.
  • The condition is worsening.
  • There is a risk of permanent muscle damage if not treated surgically
  • The patient does not have a medical condition which could worsen by Elbow Nerve Entrapment or deter its success.
A lady holding her hand due to 'wrist pain'

How is Elbow Nerve Entrapment Surgery Performed?

The following steps can be expected from an Elbow Nerve Entrapment Surgery:

  • Patient is administered regional anesthesia.
  • An incision is made at the back of the elbow.
  • The surgeon moves aside the muscles and tissues to reach the ligament.
  • The surgeon cuts through the ligament roof of the Cubital Tunnel to free the nerve and relieve pressure.
  • The incision is sutured closed and bandaged.
  • A hinged brace is prescribed to support the elbow.


The Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Elbow procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment. Unless no complications arise after the surgery, the patient is free to leave the hospital on the day of the surgery.

Surgery for Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at Elbow has an 85%-90% success rate.

What Is the Recovery Time for Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Elbow Procedure?

Patients can expect full recovery in 6-8 months after a surgery for Ulnar Nerve Entrapment in Elbow. Depending on the health condition of the patient, the surgery wound heals after 2-4 weeks of the surgery. At this stage, surgeons recommend physical therapy to rehabilitate the arm and regain full range of motion.

Where Can you get this Surgery?

You can schedule an Elbow Nerve Entrapment Surgery at the Complete Medical Wellness Center (CMW) in New Jersey. CMW is a state-of-the-art medical facility, acknowledged for its premium services and empathetic patient care.

At CMW, you will receive the services of experienced surgeons, professional staff, and top of the line technology. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts at nerve release surgeries, they will ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from the Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Elbow procedure.

We are proud to boast a 90% success rate in all our surgical procedures. You will be provided:

  • A modern, comfortable medical facility.
  • Attentive staff.
  • Board-certified orthopedic surgeons.
  • A wide range of proven orthopedic treatments.
  • Diligent post-op care.

You can trust us to give you the best and most effective Elbow Nerve Entrapment treatment. Don’t give up on your goals, get the treatment you need today!