Prevalence and Impact of Cell Phone Elbow among Mobile Users in Different Cities of Punjab, Pakistan

Prevalence of Cell Phone Elbow among Mobile Users


  • Muhammad Yawar Azeem Khan Department of Physiotherapy, Niazi College of Physical Therapy, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Samrood Akram Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Haseeb Ur Rehman NUR International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Amna Taufiq NUR International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Muniba Afzal NUR International University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Hassan Javed Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan



Cell Phone, Elbow Pain, Cell Phone Elbow


Cell phone elbow is the pinching of ulnar nerve behind the elbow resulting in tingling or numbness within the hand when using a cell phone, sleeping with your elbows bent, or holding your arms bent and by your head for long period of time. Objective: To find out the prevalence of cellphone elbow among mobile phone users and its associated impairments and functional limitations. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during October 2021 to April 2022. Data were collected from different Punjab colleges and universities: NUR International University, Riphah International University, The University of Lahore, University of Faisalabad, Niazi College of Physical Therapy and Fatima Memorial Hospital and College. Participants were recruited through convenience sampling from 17-50 years of age with positive Tinel sign test. Data collection were done by using the Numeric Pain Rating Scale and Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaires. Results: Out of 250 subjects 33.2% were having noticeable symptoms associated with prolong phone usage. Among them 39.6% experienced numbness and tingling. Hand pain is reported in 32.8% and 27.6% experienced pain on ulna side of elbow. Conclusions: The prevalence of cell phone elbow was 33.2%, higher than the previous studies. This research advice the cell phone users to minimize their mobile usage, avoid prolonged calls, use hands alternately to avoid strain on one hand, use hands-free and ear pods while taking calls


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DOI: 10.54393/pjhs.v4i03.261
Published: 2023-03-31

How to Cite

Yawar Azeem Khan, M. ., Akram, S. ., Rehman, H. U., Taufiq, A. ., Afzal, M. ., & Javed, H. . (2023). Prevalence and Impact of Cell Phone Elbow among Mobile Users in Different Cities of Punjab, Pakistan: Prevalence of Cell Phone Elbow among Mobile Users. Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences, 4(03), 119–124.



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