"Cell phone elbow" refers to a repetitive strain injury that is the result of compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, which is called cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms include pain or numbness in the hand - especially the pink and ring fingers, caused by elbow bending for extended periods of time. Occasional tingling and numbness can turn into more persistent sensation changes, leading to more permanent changes if left untreated.
Occupational Therapy can help!
Try these first, and consider OT if problems still persist. To prevent cell phone elbow:
- Go hands free. You should use a hands-free device or an earphone. Consider using a stand for iPads or e-readers.
- Ice your elbow. Do not apply ice directly on the skin. Rather use a commercial or homemade ice pack. Icing should be done for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Be mindful about posture.When using the device, try keeping your elbow as straight as possible and not rest the inside of your elbows on armrests.