Under Pressure: Coping With Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Under Pressure: Coping With Cubital Tunnel Syndrome 

Cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS) is a common upper extremity disorder affecting the ulnar nerve. CuTS presents with similar signs and symptoms to that of carpal tunnel syndrome and other ulnar nerve entrapment syndromes, therefore appropriate differentiation is important when developing a treatment program. Learners will gain an understanding of how to evaluate and treat CuTS, as well as surgical options available for those who do not respond to conservative treatment.


Hours: 0.75 - 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists


Relias Learning is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Ohio Physical Therapy Association

0.75 HOURS

This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S1954. This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy


This course was approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Approval #: 2008-064. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ACU-0-PT13
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe cubital tunnel syndrome and the associated anatomy.
Identify the etiology of cubital tunnel syndrome.
Describe how to assess for cubital tunnel syndrome.
Explain nonsurgical approaches to treatment.
Describe the most common surgical approaches and the prognostic factors for optimal outcomes.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Presentation

Path of the Ulnar Nerve

The Cubital Tunnel

Differential Diagnosis



Section 3: Examination

Comprehensive Exam

Patient History

Physical Evaluation

Clinical Tests


Outcome Measures



Section 4: Conservative Treatment

Treatment Options

Patient Education


Goal Setting



Section 5: Surgical Approaches

Surgical Consideration



Medial Epicondylectomy

Post-Operative Protocol

Prognostic Factors



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Donna Greene, B.S. OTR/L
Donna completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in December 1990. She has extensive pediatric experience in both school- based, outpatient clinic, preschool, daycare, home health, and teletherapy settings throughout the course of her career. Significant knowledge and expertise in treating developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, and congenital abnormalities with children in various settings from infancy to high school age level have been her primary focus. Disclosure: Donna Greene, B.S. OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Kristen Wulfing, PT, DPT
Kristen graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She completed an Orthopedic and Manual Therapy Residency through Evidence in Motion in 2014. She has worked primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting and her clinical experience includes the treatment of patients with vestibular disorders, post-concussion syndrome, complex hypermobility disorders, and a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Disclosure: Kristen Wulfing, PT, DPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Occupational Therapists; Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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