Cell-phone elbow

Cell phone elbow?

Is there such a thing? According to Candance Genzer, occupational therapist at Ministry Rehabilitation Services in Rhinelander, there is.

Cell phone elbow occurs when a person holds his or her arm at an acute angle (90 degrees or more) for an extended period of time. If a person talks on the cell phone frequently without use of a hands-free device, this angle can constrict circulation from the shoulder, elbow and hand. This constriction of blood flow can cause tingling, numbness and even pain.

To prevent cell-phone elbow, use a hands-free device, switch hands, stretch your arm, and use ice as necessary. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider.

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