Effectiveness of Nerve Glide Exercises on Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

  • End date
    Dec 4, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    NYU Langone Health
Updated on 4 November 2021


The objective of this study is to determine if nerve glide exercises in patients with cubital tunnel syndrome can improve pain, paraesthesias and reduce the need for future surgery. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common form of peripheral neuropathy caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Surgical intervention is typically reserved for those with severe symptoms, but many cases can be treated with non-operative measures. This study will look at the efficacy of nerve glide exercises in the management of cubital tunnel syndrome. 70 subjects with cubital tunnel syndrome will be enrolled and randomized into groups receiving either standard conservative measures or standard measures in addition to nerve glide exercises. Outcomes will be measured 6 months after initiation of treatment with questionnaires on clinical symptoms and function to see if there is a difference between the two groups.

Condition Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment Standard conservative treatment, Nerve Gliding Exercises
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03629470
SponsorNYU Langone Health
Last Modified on4 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome on physical exam

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with diagnosed or self-reported cognitive dysfunction
Patients who are unable to understand or follow commands
Any patient that the investigators feel unsafe or cannot comply with all study related procedures
Patients who had previous ulnar nerve release at the elbow
Patients with documented cervical spine pathology
Patients with clinical signs of other nerve pathology
Patients with palpable subluxation of the ulnar nerve at the elbow
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