The Selfie Elbow: The Latest in Tech Injuries!

Did you know that over 17 million selfies are uploaded on social media each week!

Selfies have become a global phenomenon and the word itself has officially entered into the Oxford English Dictionary. Some selfie-obsessed people are extremely particular about capturing the “perfect snap” – according to research, people are complaining about strains in their joints.

So if you’re wondering why your elbow hurts after taking a selfie, this could be why…

Selfie elbow is like tennis elbow (clinically known as lateral epicondylitis). If you’re repeating the same movements continuously your body can begin to complain. Holding a camera or mobile phone in front of yourself while taking multiple shots can result in repeated micro-trauma to the muscles and tendons you’re using.

What you can do:

  • Like the traditional days ask someone to take a picture of you
  • Purchase a selfie stick
  • Reduce the amount of time you hold your phone each day
  • Try using dictation or a phone holder with a hands-free kit

Other types of tech-driven aches and injuries:

Texting thumb / Gamer’s thumb

Texting thumb and gamer’s thumb also known as De Quervain Tenosynovitis is a painful condition causing inflammation of tendons in the thumb that spread to the wrist. Movement that relies on repetitive hand or wrist activity can make it worse, for instance working with a computer mouse or overusing the space bar.

Neck & back pain

When using devices such as your mobile or laptop, your neck naturally locks into a low position in order to look on the screen which can lead to pain and stiffness. Incorrect posture is the most common cause. Sitting for long periods at your desk can severely harm muscles in your back. Slouching can become a bad habit so it’s vitally important to keep a straight, upright position during the day.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes a tingling feeling, numbness and occasionally pain in the hand and fingers. It’s caused by the median nerve in the wrist which can become compressed due to overuse of the wrist. Repetitive activity such as typing and mouse movement can cause inflammation and swelling.

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