Elbow Tingling Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your elbow tingling symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: elbow paresthesia

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Elbow Tingling Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

3 Possible Elbow Tingling Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced elbow tingling. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Ulnar nerve entrapment of elbow

Ulnar nerve entrapment of elbow is also called cubital tunnel syndrome. The ulnar nerve begins at the spinal cord in the neck and runs down the arm into the hand. This very long nerve can become compressed, or entrapped, by other structures at certain points along the way. Entrapment often happens in the cubital tunnel, which is the narrow passage at the inside of the elbow.

The exact cause for entrapment may not be known. Fluid buildup and swelling inside the elbow; previous elbow fracture or dislocation; or leaning on the elbow for long periods of time can put pressure on the ulnar nerve inside the cubital tunnel.

Symptoms include numbness and tingling of the hand and fingers, sometimes leading to weakness and even muscle wasting in the hand.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, x-ray, and nerve conduction studies.

Treatment begins with wearing a supportive brace and adjusting activities to avoid further irritating the nerve. Surgery is usually not needed unless the nerve compression is causing weakness and loss of use in the hand.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Forearm strain from a repetitive injury

Repetitive strain injury of the forearm is caused by constantly using the wrist.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: forearm numbness, forearm weakness, forearm pain from overuse

Symptoms that always occur with forearm strain from a repetitive injury: forearm pain from overuse

Symptoms that never occur with forearm strain from a repetitive injury: severe forearm pain, forearm injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

Stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack)

Transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is sometimes called a "mini stroke" or a "warning stroke." Any stroke means that blood flow somewhere in the brain has been blocked by a clot.

Risk factors include smoking, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, though anyone can experience a TIA.

Symptoms are "transient," meaning they come and go within minutes because the clot dissolves or moves on its own. Stroke symptoms include weakness, numbness, and paralysis on one side of the face and/or body; slurred speech; abnormal vision; and sudden, severe headache.

A TIA does not cause permanent damage because it is over quickly. However, the patient must get treatment because a TIA is a warning that a more damaging stroke is likely to occur. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through patient history; physical examination; CT scan or MRI; and electrocardiogram.

Treatment includes anticoagulant medication to prevent further clots. Surgery to clear some of the arteries may also be recommended.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck

Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack): bilateral weakness

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Elbow Tingling

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Let's do a physical exam. Can you turn your hand over from the backside to the frontside?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Hold your hands in front of your belly like you were going to rub it. Now rotate your arms outward like an open door while a friend pushes in. Can you resist?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Elbow Tingling Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced elbow tingling have also experienced:

  • 13% Hand Tingling
  • 11% Tingling Forearm
  • 10% Upper Arm Tingling

People who have experienced elbow tingling were most often matched with:

  • 63% Stroke Or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)
  • 27% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Of Elbow
  • 9% Forearm Strain From A Repetitive Injury

People who have experienced elbow tingling had symptoms persist for:

  • 39% Less than a day
  • 22% Less than a week
  • 21% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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