Put Down The Phone: Selfies Are Causing This Bizarre Medical Condition

by John Haltiwanger

Do you take a lot of selfies? Do you have a strange pain in your elbow?

You might be suffering from a bizarre medical condition called "selfie elbow."

Hoda Kotb, of NBC's "Today," recently noticed an achy pain in her elbow and went to see an orthopedist about it. She found out that it's linked to her affinity for taking selfies, and the awkward angle at which you hold your arm as you click away.

In a recent interview with Elle, she recounts,

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. When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click, click — think about how many you take: 20, 30, or 40. Selfie elbow, everyone has it!

Yep, that's right, "selfie elbow" is a real thing -- and it could happen to you and anyone you love if you're not careful.

Recommended treatment: Put your smartphone down.

But on a serious note, if you are actually suffering from this, ice, stretching and Advil or Motrin for the inflammation can help.

Indeed, we've gotten to the point where we literally might need to stretch before and after taking selfies.

What a strange world we live in...

This isn't the first time we've heard about selfies having an adverse impact on people's health.

We're also seeing cases of “selfiecide,” in which people are risking their lives in dangerous locations just to get the perfect selfies.

Between "selfie elbow" and "selfiecide," it's clear we might want to cut back on all the selfies. When doing anything for the gram becomes potentially lethal, it's definitely not worth it.

Stay safe and healthy, my friends!