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.
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
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