Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: A Pain in Your Not-So-Funny Bone

Numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation in your hand is no laughing matter. Your symptoms may be due to a stretched or compressed nerve on the outside of your elbow.

Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve, commonly known as the “funny bone” nerve, gets overstretched due to continual bending of the elbow. It can also develop when too much direct pressure is placed on the nerve, such as when leaning during driving or while using the computer. Common symptoms include the weakening of your grip, difficulty with finger coordination, and tingling, numbness and a “falling asleep” sensation in your ring and pinkie fingers.

Source:  Vista Health

Source: Vista Health

Help reduce these symptoms with the following at-home remedies:

  • Avoid keeping your arm bent for extended periods of time.

  • Keep your arm straight at night by wrapping a pillow or towel loosely around your arm.

  • Limit pressure on your elbow or the inside of your arm.

  • When using the computer, make sure your chair is at a comfortable height and that you do not rest your elbow on the armrest.

If symptoms become too severe or last longer than a few weeks, make an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) or orthopedic surgeon. He or she can recommend treatments that may help you avoid any permanent muscle damage.