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A pinched nerve (nerve entrapment) in or near the elbow can cause
elbow pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arm, wrist, or hand. The
nerve that most commonly gets pinched in or near the elbow is the ulnar nerve.
It is located in the elbow area, on the little finger side when the palm is
facing up. Less often, the median or the posterior interosseous nerve, a branch
of the radial nerve next to the elbow area on the thumb side when the palm is
facing up, may get pinched.
Examples of nerve entrapment syndromes that affect the elbow include:
Treatment for these nerve entrapment syndromes includes rest,
stretching, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, and occasionally
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMay 27, 2016
Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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