Selfie-loving Millennials are suffering from ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’

The Daily Mail quoted a leading medical expert in the industry as saying that “carpal tunnel syndrome” is bothering a growing number of young people who take selfies. In young groups between the ages of 18 and 35, unnatural hand-held photo gestures (turning wrists inward) can lead to serious neurological illness or even require surgery. As a result, some people may lose grip and experience severe numbness at their fingertips.

Selfie-loving Millennials are suffering from 'carpal tunnel syndrome'

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The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome are not avoided because you are a celebrity. Reality star Kim Kardashian, for example, revealed last year that doctors diagnosed her with the “Selfie Wrist” that is common for groups that take selfies on their mobile phones.

Medical experts point out that more and more 18- to 35-year-olds are at high risk of nerve pain, known in recent years as ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’, because the selfie pose requires repeated wrist twists.

When the onset of this symptom, it can cause severe pain, as well as numbness and tingling in the wrist and finger parts. If the situation is more serious, surgery is required.

Dr. Raj Ragoowansi, consultant plastic surgeon at Harley Street, said he found that such symptoms increased dramatically among millennials, as a result of frequent wrist movements inward to capture the perfect selfie.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Ragoowansi said the number of patients aged 18 to 35 years, including men and women, increased by 30 to 40 percent. Some patients experience severe numbness at their fingertips and are even severely affected by their inability to grasp them.

To relieve symptoms, possible treatment options include wearing a wrist splint to keep the jointstable and straight, taking steroid hormones to relieve swelling, and only surgery.

In addition to the life-threatening photo pose, people holding their cell phones and typing postures can also trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. Those who type regularly on their phones are also highly likely to experience inflammation of their joints and tendons, causing pain in their thumbs.

The doctor pointed out that the middle nerve had its forearm through the palm of the hand, but needed to pass through the narrow passages of the wrist. When the middle nerve is squeezed, it may cause a sensation of burning, tingling, or numbness.

To alleviate symptoms, it is recommended to use the selfie stick to take more photos, supplemented by some proper forgings – including more palms spread out / closed fists, wrist switering, and waving back and forth.

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