Cell phone elbow syndrome shows that we are absolutely in wired era with the increased use of cell phones. Cell Phone Elbow is medically known as Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. The is caused due to the increased use and availability of cell phones. With prolonged cellular telephone use, cell phone users may notice the numbness, aching, burning, or tingling in the ulnar forearm and hand.
Sometimes Cell phone users can’t lift up their arms. Those who suffer this often use their mobile phones too much. Cell phone users bend their arms while talking on the telephone so the nerves on the arm overstretch. Switching hands frequently while talking on the phone or using a hands-free headset can help.
Cause of Cell phone elbow
Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression (like carpal tunnel syndrome) of the ulnar nerve as it traverses the posterior elbow, wrapping around the medial condyle of the humerus. This is the area often called the “funny bone” when it gets hit.
When people hold their elbow flexed for a prolonged period, such as when speaking on the phone or sleeping at night, the ulnar nerve is placed in tension. Leaning on an elbow while driving or working, and sitting at a computer workstation that requires elbow flexion greater than 90 degrees. may cause cubital tunnel syndrome. Making ergonomic adjustments to these activities is beneficial.
When the elbow is bent, the nerve may be stretched and push against the bony bump(above pic).
Most people with Cubital tunnel syndrome problem have a habit of sleeping with either their elbows bent, their arms up by their head, or both.
Cell phone elbow Problem
Affected patients with cubital tunnel syndrome often experience numbness and tingling along the little finger and ulnar half of the ring finger, usually accompanied by weakness of grip. This frequently occurs when the patient rests upon or flexes the elbow.
Treatment can involve conservative splinting and use of anti-inflammatory medications. When those fail, the the nerve may have to be released surgically.