'Cell Phone Elbow' common ailment now - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/2/09

'Cell Phone Elbow' common ailment now

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A study at the Cleveland Clinic has identified a new syndrome called ‘Cell Phone Elbow'.  Researchers say that non-stop talking on your cell can lead to damaged nerves in the elbow. 

The report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, explains that a nerve in the elbow is squeezed when a person holds the phone to their ear while bending the elbow more than 90 degrees.  That can lead to a tingling in the middle and ring fingers, and sharp pain in the elbow.  Carpal tunnel is still the most common nerve compression syndrome, but experts say ‘cell phone elbow' is already a close second. 

The study says it is easily treated by switching hands while talking or using a hands free device.

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