I've heard of carpal tunnel but what is cubital tunnel syndrome? One of the workers in our office says she has this new problem.

Cubital tunnel syndrome refers to a group of symptoms very much like carpal tunnel syndrome but in the elbow instead of the wrist and hand. The cubital tunnel runs alongside the elbow. It's not really a tunnel as much as it's a shallow groove where the nerve travels.

Anything that puts pressure on the ulnar nerve here can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. A tight muscle, scar tissue, or thickening of the fascia can contribute to the problem. Keeping the elbow bent for long periods of time while working at a computer can also make matters worse.

Other workers at risk include those who use repetitive elbow motions like to shovel or hammer. Lifting, using power tools, and leaning on a desk or table can cause or aggravate the symptoms. Drivers, shoemakers, and musicians can be added to the list of workers at risk for this condition.