Archive for May, 2014
Cell Phone Elbow is a new term that is being used at the Cleveland Clinic to describe the pain and weakness that accompanies too much cell phone use. The symptoms get worse over time and can lead to atrophy, weakness and clawing of the ulnar digits. This will affect activities of daily living like typing and writing.
Cell-phone elbow has been around long before cell phones. It’s known as cubital tunnel syndrome.
Keeping the elbow bent at 90 degrees for extended periods of time can apply pressure directly on the ulnar nerve as it passes around the underside of the elbow. The longer the elbow is bent, like when constantly looking at a little screen, the more the nerve is compressed.
A cubital tunnel brace (click the link to learn more) is a solid treatment option for cell phone elbow. No drugs, no surgery. An elbow brace like this will keep the elbow from bending and serve as a constant reminder to keep the arm straight. Reduce the pressure on the nerve, the pain will be reduced and function will be improved.