Beware 'mobile elbow', sawbones warn
I'll call you back - my ulnar nerve's playing up
Doctors have warned that excessive yacking on the mobile can result in "cubital tunnel syndrome", aka "mobile elbow", which could leave you too feeble open a jar of Marmite.
That's because if you have your phone glued to your ear for extended periods, keeping your elbow bent can overstretch and damage the arm's ulnar nerve. This vital piece of kit "extends underneath the funny bone and controls ring and little finger", the Telegraph explains, and if the blood supply is compromised, you'll be alerted by a tingling sensation.
US orthopaedic surgeon Dr Leon Benson warned of comms device-based ulnar nerve abuse, elaborating: "The more you bend it, for example when using a phone, the more it stretches. It diminishes the blood supply, and the blood is not flowing through the nerves.
"While the nerves are designed for stretching, it's not normal to be in a position to be stretched for an hour."
Severe cases of cubital tunnel syndrome may require surgery, but there's a simple solution to less drastic cases of enfeebled, tingling arms: If you're blathering away on the mobile and your ulnar nerve starts to protest, switch hands. ®
Agree with Anonymous Coward. Hands-free is the way to go but then you wouldn't be able to actually see the latest line in phones that our sufferer is posing with. Have a vague suspicion that some folk think it's pansy-ish or soppy to use a hands-free unit. Hence the large number of drivers still hand-holding the damn things.
There's a reason why it only affects mobile users
It's because you don't sit with your regular landline hooked to your ear all day and all night like twats who can't shut the fuck up for a minute do with mobiles.
Before you say what about operators, call centers and such, if you've ever worked in such a place you'd know people who work on the telephone all day use headsets in order to prevent neck problems - which mobile users probably also have but because so many people have neck and middle/upper back problems these days no one notices or blames the mobile. Same as people who work every day with computers don't seem to understand that sitting with bad posture for decades is the reason they have pain around or below one of their shoulder blades and perhaps in the area of their middle back just above the kidneys. That one takes months just to fix the curvature they put into their spine, let alone do something to alleviate the stress and pain on their ligaments or arthritis in their rib cage.
With these comments
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