That Perfect Selfie Could Come at the Risk of Developing Selfie Elbow

By: | July 15th, 2016

Selfie elbow is the latest addition to the long list of tech-driven medical conditions.

Today, people are obsessed with selfies. As per a research, over 17 million selfies are uploaded every week on social media. Similarly, a study in the UK last year revealed that young women are so obsessed with taking selfies that they spend around five hours a week taking them.

The concern around selfie elbow came to light when phone users took it to social media by sharing snaps of their ‘smartphone pinkies’… a bent little finger.

Selfie elbow is much like tennis elbow or ‘golfer’s elbow’ when you experience stiffness and pain from your hand to your elbow due to the same, repeated movement over and over again.

How selfies could be detrimental to your health

When you take a selfie, you extend your arm while trying to keep a firm grip on your phone. Since this is something that your body just isn’t designed to do all that often, the repeated movements cause pain in your primary pic-snapping elbow.

Luckily, it’s quite easy to treat this injury by putting ice on the affected area and doing some exercises for the muscles to help ease the soreness.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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