The injuries known as tennis elbow and golf elbow I have heard of, but cell phone elbow? It sounds like a joke, but it's actually a condition filed under the category of overuse injuries.
This isn't the first time technology has led to health issues. There's carpal tunnel syndrome caused by typing; Nintendinitis, the thumb pain brought on by hours of uninterrupted Nintendo play; Wii-itis, the elbow pain from hours of Wii Tennis; and BlackBerry Thumb caused by extended amounts of texting.
Add to the list of reasons to hang up your cell phone the injury health practitioners refer to as cubital tunnel syndrome. When the ulnar nerve, which runs through elbow joint, is compressed, it loses sufficient blood supply, causing numbness and pain in the ring finger and pinky. Not limited to chronic cell phone users, cell phone elbow can strike anyone who leans on her elbow a lot to type or talk on land lines. Since about half the people on the planet have cell phones, it's recommended to switch often between which hand holds your phone, and using one of those hands-free Bluetooth headsets can prevent your elbow form bending in the first place. Do any of you think you have cell phone elbow?