From the headlines: Cell Phone Elbow
A recent news story on CNN.com reports on the condition becoming known as “cell phone elbow” – http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/02/cell.phone.elbow/index.html.
The article includes an interview with Dr. Leon Benson, who makes a simple recommendation, “Common sense would dictate not to talk on the phone for hours if your small and ring fingers go numb."
While another physician, Dr. Peter Evans suggests, “Switch hands—before it gets worse.”
Unfortunately, these answers make the all–too–common mistake of focusing on the behavior of the user and even worse, they receive equal billing to the real answer in the article’s highlight section. It is actually the 66–year–old patient profiled in the article who comes up with the best means of preventing the injury, “She still talks on her cell phone, but she uses a Bluetooth headset.”