Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When the ulnar nerve, which runs from the side of the neck to the fingers and passes through the cubital tunnel on the inside of the elbow, becomes irritated as a result of an injury or repetitive stress, the resulting condition is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It occurs when the elbow is often bent in lifting or pulling activities, subjected to the continuous pressure of leaning on a hard surface, or sustains injury. The pain experienced is similar to that which is described when hitting the “funny” bone in the elbow. Other symptoms may include numbness in the side or back of the hand, or tingling in the ring and little fingers. The symptoms worsen when the elbow is bent and may cause difficulty when opening jars or holding things.