There is nothing hilarious about whacking your funny bone. In fact, the funny bone is not a bone. It is called that because of the funny – as in hard to describe – feeling you get when that part of the elbow is hit. What you are actually hitting is the ulnar nerve that runs from your neck to your hand. This nerve innervates muscles in the forearm and hand. The end of the nerve has two branches. The little finger and half the ring finger are innervated by these branches.
Zahra Merchant, M.D.
- Interventional Spine
Areas of Expertise
- Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Merchant was raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated at the top of her class from MacArthur High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas as well as a bachelor’s degree in Anatomy from Parker College.
She received her doctorate from St. Christopher’s School of Medicine where she received an academic achievement award for medical scholars as well as the University President’s award. Dr. Merchant completed her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. During her residency, she received the Inaugural Chairman’s professionalism award. To enhance her clinical skills, Dr. Merchant further underwent post graduate advanced training in interventional spine procedures.
As a board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Merchant is a strong advocate of complementary medicine in providing comprehensive care.