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Cubital tunnel syndrome feels similar to the pain and tingling or the feeling of an “electric shock” that occurs from hitting the "funny" bone in your elbow. The "funny" bone in the elbow is actually the ulnar nerve - a nerve that runs from the side of the neck and crosses the elbow, ending at the fingers. It is the nerve that provides feeling in the ring and small fingers and motor control and strength for most of the small muscles in the hand.
Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve, which passes through the cubital tunnel (a tunnel of muscle, ligament and bone) on the inside of the elbow, becomes irritated due to injury or pressure. The condition may occur when a person frequently or repetitively:
The symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome may resemble other medical conditions or problems, including medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow), compression of the ulnar nerve in the hand or compression of nerve roots in the neck. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
The most effective treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome is stopping the activity that is causing the problem. Treatment may include:
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