More talking, more problems: ‘Cell phone elbow’

Orthopedic specialists are reporting cases of “cell phone elbow,” in which patients damage an essential nerve in their arm by bending their elbows too tightly for too long.

True… elbow flexion (bending) increases pressure on the ulnar nerve in the back of the elbow—an area we call the cubital tunnel… but is cell phone usage the cause… doubt it. Many of us *normal folk*, who almost never use phone for talking still have symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome. No need to assign blame or causation… sometimes things just happen.


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A busy Academic Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Strategist, Chief Medical Officer and father... intently and efficiently navigating the intersection of Social Media and Health Care.
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