The mating of the cell phone and the digital camera sparked a craze as users by the millions started taking pictures of themselves all over the world. But, the Association of Mature American Citizens reports that taking “selfies,” as they are called, can be dangerous.
Posing for these modern day self-portraits requires users to extend their arms in an awkward manner causing a condition identified as “selfie elbow” if you take too many snaps of yourself. Some young users become addicted to the practice and regularly take 10, 20 or 30 selfies a day.
Orthopedic surgeon Ayan Roy says “a bent elbow with the palm pointing inward is enough to put pressure on the elbow extensor muscles. It eventually leads to tendinitis which causes the swelling and pain.”