Put Down the Phone to Prevent Repetitive Strain Hand Injuries
You may not realize just how much time you spend on your smartphone or iPad, but too much texting and scrolling can cause repetitive stress injuries on the hands and fingers. This constant movement could be hurting your joints.
What are repetitive strain injuries?
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis can be both painful and debilitating. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, throbbing, tightness or a dull ache in one concentrated area.
How can you prevent repetitive strain injuries to your hand?
Do you have trouble gripping things or feel pain in your thumbs or wrists when typing or texting? You may have a form of repetitive strain injury. Learn how to protect your hands from repetitive strain injuries.
9 ways you can prevent repetitive strains:
- Put your phone down—cut down on the time you are texting, swiping and clicking
- Rest—avoid any actions that hurt your hand
- Take breaks—stretch your hands and fingers during the day
- Ice the swollen area
- Anti-inflammatory medication may help ease the pain
- Practice good posture while texting and typing—keep your head and shoulders back to help prevent upper body pains and strains
- Call people instead of texting them if possible
- Regular exercise, stretching and strengthening may help prevent strain on your hands and fingers
- Reduce your keystrokes—keep your text messages brief, use abbreviations or voice recognition software to write messages
Get the Upper Hand with These Hand Facts:
- There are more than 25 bones in each of your hands
- The first recorded handshake was found in an Egyptian hieroglyphic
- Studies show that holding hands can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol
- A friendly touch can increase the release of oxytocin which promotes feelings of trust, devotion and bonding
- 10-15% of the population is left-handed
- 1 in 100 people are naturally ambidextrous—they can use both hands equally well
- Want to be a hand model? Hand modeling requires certain criteria: an even skin tone, even and nicely shaped nails, straight fingers and a smooth-looking complexion to name a few
If you or your patients feel pain in the fingers or wrists Contact Physical Therapy will help get to the bottom of pain and provide treatment to prevent further injury.
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