Long Phone Calls Damage the Ulnar Nerve

Cubital tunnel syndrome or “cell phone elbow” (analogical to so-called “tennis elbow”) is a condition caused by prolonged and tight bending of the arm. CNN reports that long phone calls lead to stretched ulnar nerve and arm pain.

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Dr. Leon Benson, orthopedic surgeon from USA, reported that recently the number of patients with this syndrome has significantly increased. The patients mostly complain about pain, tingling, or numbness in their hands. Those symptoms appear when the nerve is stretched, scarred, or has diminished blood supply triggered by prolonged and tight bending of the arm, which is common during phone calls.

Extreme cases of cubital tunnel syndrome may require surgery. Dr. Benson believes that we can prevent this condition by switching hands.

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