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Aching elbow

Bumping your “funny bone” is anything but funny. Though the pain can be excruciating, it is not caused by hitting a bone. What really happens is compression of a nerve against the bone. This nerve running from the neck to the hand is called the ulnar nerve. It innervates several muscles in the hand and forearm. Two branches at the end innervate the pinkie and half of the ring finger.

For most of its length, the ulnar nerve is protected. At the elbow, the protection is minimal, as the nerve passes through the cubital tunnel. Its only protection here is fat and skin. When you bump your elbow in just the right way, you will feel it in all the areas innervated by the ulnar nerve. Pain, tingling and numbness shoot down the forearm, into the hand, ring finger and little finger.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The effects of irritating the ulnar nerve are usually temporary; however, in some cases, the nerve can be obstructed, causing the pain to last longer. If the nerve continues to be irritated, numbness will eventually stay. Muscle weakness may appear in the forearm, and the little finger and ring finger can be affected as well. The condition can be reversed with proper medical attention.

Elbow Fracture

Pain in the elbow can also be caused by a break or fracture of one of the bones at the elbow. A sudden blow to the area can cause this. Car accidents and sports injuries are common sources of elbow fractures. You may still be able to move your elbow, even though it is fractured. If you sustain a blow to the elbow and have continuing pain, it is best to seek medical attention, especially if the area does not look right.

Dislocated Elbow

Swinging a toddler by the forearms looks like a lot of fun, until an elbow becomes dislocated. This condition, often called nursemaid’s elbow, happens fairly often to little ones. Elbows can also become dislocated when the bones get knocked out of place. This frequently happens to adults when falling. You stretch out your hand to catch yourself as you fall and dislocate your elbow in the process.

There are other causes for elbow pain, including wear and tear on the joint and diseases like gout and arthritis. Ongoing elbow pain should be diagnosed by a doctor to determine the source. You can expect excellent care and advanced treatment options when you choose Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds as your orthopedic surgeon. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

Posted on behalf of Kerisimasi Reynolds, D.O.

39180 Farwell Dr., Suite 110
Fremont, CA 94538

Phone: (510) 899-9200

Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds will help you achieve pain relief and return to an active lifestyle. Schedule Your Consultation Now!


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Becca Lopez

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Darla B.

Dr Reynolds has been amazing at treating many of my patients in need, including my daughter! Thank you, Dr Reynolds - I look forward to co-managing more patients in the near future!

Henrik Martin

Dr Reynolds is a Rock Star! I ripped a bicep tendon clean off my forearm in September 2016. After countless phone calls to the huge "Non Profit" hospital chain I usually go to, and the realization that they wouldn't be able to see me in several weeks, I decided to look elsewhere. My son had previously been treated by Dr. Haber at a small clinic in Campbell, so I called the clinic, and got an appointment with his colleague, Dr Kerisimasi Reynolds. I have to say that I was a little hesitant at first, because of his young age, and I was wondering how many surgeries he had performed. Anyway, I got a really good vibe from him, and he was super professional and explained everything really well in terms I could understand. He got me an MRI the same day, a follow up visit the next day I think, and he was able to do the surgery within the next 5 days. I decided to go for it, and it was a 1 hour surgery with a long recovery. This was in September, and I have my last physical therapy session next week. That said, I'd go under the knife for Dr Kerisimasi again anytime if I needed to. He's totally on top of his game, knows a lot about all the latest advancements in orthopedic surgery, etc. He also followed up with personal phone calls, emails, and even gave me his cell phone number in case I had post operation questions or concerns. I've been very active my whole life in a variety of sports and outdoors activities, and he has the mindset that he wants to enable you to get back to those activities as soon as possible, which I really appreciate. I give him an A+. He performed a state-of-the-art tendon reattachment surgery, and I'm basically fully recovered by now. I'm lifting weights, working without pain, and hope to be back in my river kayak this spring! I hope I don't have to see him in the operating room again, but if I do, I know I'm in good hands :-)

Kerisimasi Reynolds, D.O.

39180 Farwell Dr., Suite 110
Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 899-9200