You've been holding your phone wrong this whole time – it could cause you nerve damage in the long run

SORRY to break it to you but you've probably been holding your phone all wrong.

If done continuously, holding your phone up with your pinkie can cause long-term side effects.

You most likely hold your phone up with one hand while resting the bottom edge on your pinkie finger and holding back with your second, third, and fourth fingers.

And if you're extra handy, you probably scroll through your phone with your thumb.

Well, if you hold your phone like this a lot, it can cause your thumb and fingers to cramp or become inflamed, a condition known as “smartphone finger," according to the Huffington Post.

Actually, your whole arm could be affected severely by improper usage of your phone.

Ben Lombard, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, told the Huffington Post: “We tend to hold our phones with the little finger underneath supporting the weight of the phone and our wrist turning inward to told the screen to our faces.

“This can cause ulnar nerve compression if sustained for long periods of time.”

This ulnar nerve runs from inside the elbow and along your inner forearm into your palm and pinkie side.

The nerve can get trapped either by prolonged stretchings, such as when you use your phone.

This phone grip can also cause severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, which describes a numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.

Additionally, some studies, according to the HuffPost, there's also a chance that people develop pain in their necks.

Lombard warned: “The position of the neck is also heavily invoked, as we tend to be stuck looking down if standing up.

"Or, even worse, if we are lying down using our phones, we will often be holding our neck in an extended position which can compress the nerves.”

Sadly, there's no way to change how we hold our phones, but rather how long we use them.

“Ultimately, there is no ‘optimal’ way to hold your phone,” he claimed.

“Just consider the amount of time you use it and how you use it.”

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