Long cell phone use can result to “cell phone elbow”

Posted: July 19, 2009 in Tech

Orthopedic specialists have now reported that another body part – the elbow – may also be bearing the brunt of prolonged mobile phone use.

The doctors have recognized a condition that is being called “cell phone elbow,” or the cubital tunnel syndrome, whereby a crucial nerve in the arm of the patients gets damaged due to ‘too tight and too long’ bending of their elbows in a particular position while using the phone.

Doctors said that users stretch the small finger-controlling nerve, beneath the funny bone, and staying in that particular stretched-nerve position for a long time while chatting on the phone, results in the “choking of the blood supply to the nerves. It makes the nerves short-circuit, leading to a tingling in the ring and small finger.

  1. Timm says:

    Cell phone elbow is also known as “cellbow” or its official name, cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS).

    CuTS is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that can result in moderate to severe pain and numbness in the elbow and ring & little fingers. Untreated, CuTS can result in extreme pain, surgery or an unusable hand.

    The problem occurs where the ulnar nerve passes around the elbow. The nerve rests in a groove called the cubital tunnel tucked behind the bony point on the elbow. Repeated stretching or hitting this nerve results in numbness, shocks and pain, similar to what you feel when you hit your “funny bone.”

    The ulnar nerve can be stretched and irritated by talking on a cellphone frequently or for long periods. If you cannot reduce your cell phone use, the next best solution is to buy an earpiece that allows you to talk on your phone hands-free.

    If any of your readers are afflicted with cellbow, they may wish to visit our Cubital-Tunnel.com forums where they can share their experiences, ask questions and get answers about their condition.

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