Physicians cite 'cell phone elbow' as a growing musculoskeletal risk
Previous research has shown that frequent use of the small screens and keyboards can result in musculoskeletal disorders.
A condition known as "cell phone elbow" is growing across the globe, according to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic's Hand and Upper Extremity Center. A report released in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine sounded the alarm over the rising number of cases of cubital tunnel syndrome, the medical name for the condition. According to the study, "cell phone elbow" is the second most common nerve compression disorder after carpal tunnel syndrome.
Researchers said cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve when an individual holds a bent-elbow position for extended periods of time. This posture also cuts off blood flow. Other daily activities that produce cubital tunnel syndrome include leaning on an elbow while driving or working and sitting at a computer workstation that requires elbow flexion greater than 90 degrees.
"Making ergonomic adjustments to these activities is beneficial," the study concluded.
Read more at the WORKERSCOMP ForumTM homepage.
July 20, 2009
Copyright 2009© LRP Publications