Medication: If the symptoms started recently doctors may recommend non-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. This will help reduce the swelling.
Brace/Splints: Doctors may recommend braces or splints to keep your elbow straight at night.
Nerve Gliding: Some doctors believe performing exercises that help the nerve slide can improve symptoms. These exercises can prevent stiffness in both the arm and wrist.
Surgery is only recommended if non-surgical treatment was not effective, the Ulnar Nerve is VERY compressed, or if nerve compression has resulted in muscle weakness or damage.
There are a several procedures. Consult with your surgeon to see which is best for you.
Cubital Tunnel Release: This procedure cuts and divides the ligament roof of the cubital tunnel. As a result of of the increased space, pressure is reduce on the nerve.
Ulnar Nerve Anterior Transportation: In some cases the Ulnar Nerve is moved from behind the elbow to the front. This move prevents the nerve from getting caught and stretching in the bony ridge of the medial epicondyle when the elbow is bent.
Medial Epicondylectomy: To reduce pressure the nerve you remove part of the medial epicondyle. Similar to the Anterior Transportation procedure, this helps prevent the nerve from getting caught in the bony ridge when stretching around the elbow.