'Selfie elbow' added to list of tech injuries
SELFIE addicts take note.
Overindulging can result in "selfie elbow", a new term to add to a growing list of tech injuries that have surfaced in recent years.
There is only one reported case so far, in American journalist Hoda Kotb, but the pre-valence of selfies would suggest that there are many more undiagnosed cases.
Kotb, a popular TV anchor known for her love of selfies, has recently complained of an achy elbow.
When the 51-year-old consulted her orthopaedist, he asked if she was playing tennis or table tennis.
It turned out that the pain was due to her constant selfie taking, Elle.com said.
"When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click, click - think about how many you take: 20, 30 or 40. Selfie elbow, everyone has it," she told the fashion magazine.
It is a form of repetitive stress injury, similar to carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, doctors told Elle.
Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed.
Carpal tunnel is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist, usually due to overuse of the hand.
Doctors told the magazine that more patients have come to them for tech-related injuries.
Earlier, doctors saw cases of "Blackberry thumb" from overuse of the smartphone, as well as the "iPad hand" from tablets.
Said Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery: "You put too much stress on the muscle and it irritates the area where the muscle comes off the bone."
Selfie lovers can avoid such a predicament by switching the arms they use to snap their photos, he advised.
They can also use a selfie stick or take photos the old-fashioned way - asking someone else to take the shot.
But if you do get selfie elbow, some painkillers, ice and stretching should help alleviate the condition.
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