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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for cubital tunnel syndrome in Palm Beach. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects a nerve in the elbow. This nerve is called the “ulnar nerve”, and is responsible for providing sensation to half of the ring finger and the small finger in the palm of the hand. Its also the most important nerve for hand movement providing function to almost all muscles in the hand. The ulnar nerve is commonly known as the “funny bone” nerve at the inner elbow.

Cubital Tunnel Symptoms and Diagnosis

Man touching his elbow.


The “cubital tunnel” is the location where the nerve is pinched in the elbow. The cubital tunnel consist of a floor, walls, and a roof. The floor and walls are made by the hard bones of the elbow joint. It’s roof is made of several structures including muscle and tight bands of soft tissue called fascia. Inside the space is the ulnar nerve. In people affected by cubital tunnel syndrome, there is swelling inside the tunnel; the walls, floor, and roof are hard structures without room to expand so this swelling leads to compression and pinching of the ulnar nerve. Ultimately symptoms of numbness, tingling, weakness and pain ensue.



Dr. Rueda performs two types of cubital tunnel surgery: mini-open, and traditional open. The procedures alleviate the pressure from the nerve by cutting the roof of the tunnel. This release generates more space in the tunnel and allows the nerve pressure to be reduced, therefore relieving symptoms. Dr. Rueda uses the traditional incision when the nerves needs to undergo “transposition”; this is needed if the nerve subluxes out of its location after the initial release.

Recovery and Downtime

Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Cubital Tunnel Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for cubital tunnel. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best cubital tunnel syndrome treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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