Ulnar nerve entrapment occurs when one of the nerves in the arm (the ulnar nerve) becomes compressed and can’t function normally. This can give symptoms of “falling asleep” in the ring finger and little finger, especially when the elbow is bent. You may have aching pain on the inside of the elbow.
In some cases, you may have trouble moving the fingers in and out, or manipulating objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome has similar symptoms but involves a different nerve (the median nerve). Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes tingling in the thumb, index finger and long finger.« Back to Glossary Index