Technology is now an integral part of our lives, and many people are using portable electronics such as cell phones and tablets for extensive periods each day.
Hand therapists see technology-related conditions increasing as our lives become more dependent on devices to communicate. Here are some examples:
Texting tendonitis, where pain presents in the thumb-side of the wrist, sometimes radiating up to the thumb. Other conditions include and are not limited to,
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by excessive typing where you will feel numbness/ tingling in your hand, especially the thumb, index, and middle finger.
Index/ Pointer Finger Joint Arthritis commonly worsened by mouse/trackpad use and typing.
While these are just a few of the more common side effects, many of these injuries could have been prevented with a little bit of understanding.
The American Society of Hand Therapists encourages you to find ways to protect your hands and upper extremity while using portable electronics. In this short video, you will discover easy tips and tools to help alleviate and possibly prevent pain!