Can Talking On A Cell Phone Be Hazardous To Your Health?

Non-stop talking on your cell phone not only leaves you with a hefty bill, it could damage the nerves in your elbow!

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic offer guidance on "cell phone elbow" in a new journal report. They say a nerve in the elbow is squeezed when a person holds the phone to their ear while bending their elbow more than 90 degrees. This can cause tingling in the middle and ring fingers, and sharp pain in the elbow.

Carpal tunnel is still the most common nerve compression syndrome, but experts say "cell phone elbow" is a close second. It can be easily treated by switching hands while talking, or using a hands-free device.

Cell phone elbow is also called cubital tunnel syndrome, some patients have needed surgery to repair the side effects.


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  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    It can really be hazardous to your health if your smokin down the hiway at 75 MPH not payin attention and slam into a non-movable object. Buzz-
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    When I think about this, this is real scary. To Anonymous, you have a really good point. It's ALL phones, not just cell phones. What the real name of this condition need to be is "phone syndrone". Yes phone syndrone, without the word cell and without the word cellular. Alison, it sure wont change this guy's routine right here.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Everything we do has some kind of health risk to someone. It is not going to change the fact that we use cell phones. I have been in situations where if I did not have my cell phone I dont know what I would have done. Let the public know the risks and if they decide to still use it, then that is their decision to make.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    why are they picking on cell phones? Remember the very first phone you ever saw many years ago, what did it have in common with a cell phone? You had to hold it up to your ear right. So wouldnt this condition be an existing one and not a new one just because we have cell phones now?
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    OMG This is REALLY grasping at straws now.
  • by Thomas Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Quote about Cell phone usage March 21, 2005 - Fox news and CNN News both report " that on March 16, 2005, a federal appeals court in Maryland reinstated five class-action lawsuits that allege that the cell phone industry has failed to protect consumers from unsafe levels of radiation. Fox quotes a Dr. Henry Lai, a bioengineering professor at the University of Washington, as saying that electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones may damage DNA and cause brain tumors. Dr. Lai also agrees with EHSO's recommendation to use a headset to minimize potential exposure " Check out all the info on the web about the link between brain cancer and using your cell phone. I believe one of my best friends died of this, because he had to get a cell phone. When they first came out for business no one new of the dangers back then. Please do not stop using your cell phone. Just get educated on it's potentail dangers.
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