Over time, certain diseases and physical maladies have been all but been eradicated by modern medicine, time, technology, and the general progress of human beings as a species. As some diseases are never seen again, so too do other new ailments plague us instead. Such is the case now with a recent development that has us evaluating our social media and smartphone prolifery.
While 15% of the world lives with a disability, there’s been a recent trend in wrist issues that people have been suffering with. The cause? Selfies.
An orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles noted a rise in patients scheduling appointments because of something that’s been dubbed selfie wrist. The smartphone era has taken its toll on the masses enough that people have been finding themselves in chronic pain from taking pictures of themselves.
“It’s a form of carpal tunnel because what happens again is this hyperflexion of the wrist appears to cause median nerve neuritis, which basically, is the nerve becomes inflamed and angry. You’re right in the moment. Let’s take a picture right now and that’s what happens,” said Dr. Levi Harrison.
The medical issues of the modern world. Basically, people turn their wrists in at an odd angle when taking selfies. When they take selfies so much that the wrist angle causes consistent issues, it might be time to adjust our form. Goodness knows taking fewer selfies will never be a viable option.
In 2016, 27% of the patients in the United States reported visiting an urgent care in the past two years, but selfie wrist visits are a whole new animal. Taking too many selfies — says Dr. Harrison — can cause pic snappers to have sore wrists. Selfies are life, though. Especially in the social media world.
“That is the nature of our generation right now. We’re taking so many selfies these days,” said one of Dr. Harrison’s patients.
One must battle obnoxious physical ailments, but still remain relevant on social media. Fortunately, we won’t have to hire personal photographers to follow us around to combat cases of selfie wrist. Dr. Harrison recommended a few common wrist exercises that should keep your selfie arm in tip-top shape without detracting from your selfie rate.
Keep your wrist form in mind when you take selfies and you won’t find yourself too sore to get that perfect Instagram picture.