by Apple Therapy
Over the past few years, hand surgeons have noticed an increased incidence of thumb discomfort that correlates with the use of portable smart devices. When using a cell phone, the thumb is completing fine, repetitive motions in an irregular posture. Symptoms can range from dull, throbbing aches to more severe stabbing pain. Abnormal sensation such as numbness and tingling may also occur. Diagnoses such as trigger thumb, Dequervain’s, arthritis, and overall tendonitis can occur from the overuse
How to avoid texting thumb?
- Adaptive rings, buttons, or collapsible
tabs (pop sockets) can be placed on
the back of the phone to help
incorporate more digits and palm for
- Breaking up screen time
- Using speak to text
- Using a larger phone
- Stretching your wrist and thumb (shown
Stretches to avoid pain from texting!
(All images from HEP2GO)