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.
Amit Patel, MD
- Interventional Spine
Dr. Amit H. Patel is a double board-certified physician with training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University in New York, and then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Stony Brook, New York where he developed his interest in spine and musculoskeletal medicine. He furthered his study through a pain fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System where he received training in the use of advanced interventional pain management procedures.
Dr. Patel has served as a physician with a private practice in New York, as well as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina where he instructed residents and medical students, as well as assisted in the development of the Spine program.
Dr. Patel implements non-surgical treatments including education, therapeutic exercise, and precise, image-guided interventional procedures to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of painful spine and musculoskeletal disorders. He enjoys helping patients achieve maximal functional recovery by creating specific treatment plans for each patient, with an additional focus on safety and comfort.