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What is Selfie Elbow?

Selfie Elbow is Now an Actual Medical Condition

We've all heard of tennis elbow, but there's a new ailment plaguing elbows around the world, and you're probably more likely to suffer from this than a tennis injury.

How many selfies do you take a day? Even if it's just one (and we know it's not...) you're putting yourself at risk for the uncomfortable (albeit very managable) selfie elbow. What is it exactly? Well, it's the same as tennis elbow or golf elbow, and it's caused by the exact thing that causes sports injuries: overuse. So if you're taking a ton of selfies, and suffering from any sort of joint pain...you now have a medical diagnosis to explain your condition.

The info is backed by sports medicine physician Dr. Jordan Merzel, who explained the very-modern condition to Cosmopolitan: "Basically, the interface between technology and the human body sometimes causes injuries of over-exuberance," he said. "What that means is you do something, you do it a lot, then stuff starts to hurt. We used to see it with Blackberry phones — it was a real thing. People would get tendinitis in their thumb because they were on their Blackberries all the time. You get tennis elbow from playing too much tennis — or having poor form — and you get selfie elbow from taking too many selfies. You put too much stress on the muscle and it irritates the area where the muscle comes off the bone and you get this inflammatory response."

The cure for selfie elbow is pretty simple: rest, ice, and Advil for the pain. Dr. Merzel also had one other suggestion to help alleviate pain: "Maybe people should alternate their arms — start spreading the load," he says. "Or maybe they can start stretching before they take selfies, so they can warm up their muscles so they don't get so sore up there."

If only this condition had been around 10 years ago, it would've been a great way to get a doctor's note to excuse you from high school gym class...

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