BEIJING, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) — Frequent selfies are causing more and more people aged 18 to 35 to develop symptoms of nerve pain in their wrists, according tomedia reports. The problem, known as a “selfie wrist”, is a form of carpal tunnel syndrome that causes sharp pain in the wrist and fingertips, as well as numbness and tingling, and in the most severe cases even requires surgery.
Rajowansi, a consultant plastic surgeon in the UK, says he has seen a significant increase in the number of “millennials” with these symptoms in recent years, mainly because of the need to twist their wrists inwards while taking selfies with their mobile phones. “As far as I’m not seen, the number of people between the ages of 18 and 35 with carpal tunnel syndrome has increased by 30 to 40 percent in recent years, a condition that has been rare in the past. “
According to the doctor, one patient’s symptoms were too severe to grasp, and another was plagued by numbness at his fingertips.
After being diagnosed with a selfie wrist last year, Kim Kardashian took a selfie with her doctor.
Treatments for these symptoms include wearing a wrist bone splint to fix joints, taking steroids to relieve swelling, and, if other methods are not effective, surgery may be used to relieve nerve stress.
“It’s not just selfies, typing on your phone can cause these problems, ” Mr Ragwansi added. Some people are used to typing with their thumbs, which may feel pain due to inflammation of joints or tendons, known as ‘mobile phones’. “
Reality star Kim Kardashian announced last year that doctors diagnosed her with a selfie. The online celebrity, who has previously been a selfie maniac and even published an entire selfie collection, declared in 2018 that she didn’t want to take any more selfies because she “didn’t really like selfies.” But she later admitted on the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians that the real reason was because doctors asked her not to take any more selfies because she always held a motionless selfie for a long time and developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
When the positive nerve is compressed or squeezed, it can trigger carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes a burning, tingling or numbness. The middle nerve extends from the front arm to the palm of the hand, passing through a narrow passage around the wrist, commonly known as the carpal tube.
Using a selfie stick can relieve symptoms, and exercise can help, such as turning your wrists open with your palms open, or shaking back and forth with your fists clenched. (Leaf)