Tips for Parents
"Cell Phone Elbow" Warrants Conversation
People who have this condition, called cubital tunnel syndrome, can feel weakness in their hands. They may have trouble completing tasks such as opening jars or playing musical instruments.
Doctors recommend that cell phone users who start to feel a tingle or numbing in their fingers switch hands, before it gets worse. "It could impede your typing ability, your writing ability," Dr. Peter J. Evans, the director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, said. He added, "People get very unintelligible writing if it gets severe."
Although most cases of cubital tunnel syndrome require simple behavioral changes, severe cases of cubital tunnel syndrome do require surgery. Doctors are not suggesting that using a cell phone is dangerous, but they are advocating that cell phone users maintain common sense. Encourage your student not to talk on a cell phone for hours if he feels numbing in his fingers.
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