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"Selfie Elbow" Is a Real Medical Thing Now

ELLE—June 30, 2016

ELLE reports that capturing the perfect selfie can be a real pain in the elbow.

Hota Kotb, co-anchor of NBC's Today, recently complained on-air of an achy elbow. She mentioned that her doctor originally asked if she plays tennis or ping-pong and she said she's just taking selfies.

According to Jordan Metzl, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, the problem is simply overuse. If you do something enough times - typing, texting, taking selfies - it's going to have consequences.

"Basically, the interface between technology and the human body sometimes causes injuries of over-exuberance," said Dr. Metzl. "You get tennis elbow from playing too much tennis - or having poor form - and you get selfie elbow from taking too many selfies."

In terms of treatment, maybe people should alternate their arms to start spreading the load, Dr. Metzl adds. Advil or Motrin for inflammation and ice and stretching may also help.

Read the full article at elle.com.


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