If your elbow begins to hurt after taking too many selfies, you’re not alone. Recently TODAY journalist Hoda Kotb revealed that when she went to the doctor and was surprised to be asked if she played tennis. “I went to the orthopedist and he said, ‘Are you playing tennis or ping-pong?’ And of course I’m not, so I told him I was taking selfies.”
Kotb’s Instagram is evidence of that. Her account has 320,000 followers and boasts a plethora of selfies Kotb obviously – like many of us – indulges a little too much. “When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click, click,” she said. “Think about how many you take: 20, 30, or 40. Selfie elbow, everyone has it!”
Selfie-elbow appears to be a new-age variation of tennis-elbow which is pain that “often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint”. Thankfully, it can also be treated the same way: ice packs applied for 10 to 15 minutes at a time and take some Panadol if the pain persists. Alternatively, hot baths also apparently work wonders. To help ease the pain, small exercises are also recommended.
In the same interview Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery explains this phenomenon. “Basically, the interface between technology and the human body sometimes causes injuries of over-exuberance. What that means is you do something, you do it a lot, then stuff starts to hurt.” She revealed.
As for Hoda? Well Kotb says that she has invested in a selfie stick and if she accidently gets caught without it, she asks someone else to take the photo.
Or… we could all stop taking so many selfies. But where’s the fun in that?