Funny bone

The “funny bone” is a nerve (ulnar nerve) that runs down the back of the elbow. When the highly sensitive ulnar nerve is bumped, a person feels pain and a tingly, prickly feeling.

Although intense, the pain and tingling are brief, normal sensations and generally will go away on their own.

Last Updated: June 30, 2009

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

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