Cubital tunnel syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is an injury to the ulnar nerve in the elbow. The ulnar nerve starts in the neck, travels along the arm through the cubital tunnel on the inside of the elbow, and ends in the fingers. It’s known as the “funny bone.”
The syndrome happens when bone or tissue presses on the cubital tunnel, or when the ulnar nerve is stretched for long periods. Symptoms include numbness, weakness, or pain in the elbow or hand. It may also create the feeling that your hand has “fallen asleep."
Treatment can include rest and wearing a splint or protective elbow pad. Medications like aspirin or ibuprofen might also help. If none of these work, surgery may be needed.
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