What Happens When You Hit Your Ulnar Nerve?

Your ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. It supplies sensation to your pinkie finger and part of your ring finger. It also controls some of the muscles in your hand and forearm necessary for fine motor coordination and grip strength. The path your ulnar nerve takes as it travels from your spine through your arm can give rise to the so-called phenomenon known as “hitting your funny bone.” Specifically, the ulnar nerve passes through a bony groove in your elbow covered by fibrous tissue in what is called the cubital tunnel. At this area in your elbow, the ulnar nerve is quite close to the skin and…

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Will Tennis Elbow Ever Go Away?

Tennis elbow – or lateral epicondylitis, to use the medical term for this problem – can be a frustrating condition. It results from overuse in tennis as well as other sports and work activities. Doctors use both conservative therapy and surgical approaches to treat tennis elbow. Recovery often takes weeks or months. Here’s what you need to know about tennis elbow treatment, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Elbow Anatomy The elbow joint is the point in the arm where the humerus or upper arm bone joins the forearm bones called the radius and ulna. The joint is held together by muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which allow it to move…

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