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Why does it tingle when I hit my funny bone or the inside of my elbow?

When nerves are damaged or irritated, they cause a tingling sensation along the distribution of the nerve, or the path that the nerve follows. Since the funny bone (or ulnar nerve), is very superficial at the elbow, it's very common to irritate it.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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