Physician assesses woman with elbow pain

Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar neuropathy or ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow, is characterized by a feeling of pain, tingling, weakness, lack of feeling, or lack of mobility in the fingers, hand, forearm and/or elbow. The ulnar nerve, commonly referred to as the “funny bone,” is located in the arm, running from the neck to the tips of the fingers. Symptoms are felt when the nerve is aggravated or constricted due to prolonged pressure, extension, or movement. This is typically experienced after sleeping in a certain position or leaning on an arm rest.

Patients should first attempt to avoid any movements or activities that cause the symptoms, but if symptoms persist and begin to interfere with daily activities, it is important to seek medical attention. The pain specialist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication, regular use of a splint, specific exercises, or rarely, surgery to reduce the pressure on the nerve.

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