Selfie elbow: it’s an actual thing. No, you’re not imagining it, if your elbow’s hurting after taking a selfie, this is why.
Journalist Hoda Kotb “discovered” the condition, a variant of tennis elbow, when she went to her doctor complaining about aches.
Kotb, an award-winning journalist on the US show Today with 320,000 Instagram followers, told ELLE.com: “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 feed has plenty of celebrity selfies alongside photos of her with her family, interviewees and fans.
“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!”
So how do you cure “selfie elbow”? Well, Kotb said that her doctor recommended keeping it iced, and doing exercises to help it heal. If you have a look at her Instagram feed, she’s now posting selfies using selfie sticks, or getting someone else to take the picture.
And as awful as they are, selfie sticks will help make sure you don’t hurt your elbow. Alternatively, you could try the oldest version of a selfie stick: getting a friend to take the picture for you. (But where’s the fun in that?)