What Can Your “Funny Bone” Tell You About Your Health?

Have you ever hit the inside of your elbow in just the right spot and felt a tingling or prickly kind of dull pain? That’s your “funny bone”! It doesn’t really hurt as much as it feels weird. The “funny bone” got its nickname because of that funny feeling you get after you hit it.

The origins of the term funny bone are often contested. Some believe it’s because the area in question is connected to the humerus, the long upper-arm bone. Others say it has to do with how strange the pain feels when you hit the “bone.” But your funny bone isn’t actually a bone at all. Running down the inside part of your elbow is a nerve called the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve lets your brain know about feelings in your fourth and fifth fingers. It’s also one of the nerves that controls some movement of your hand.