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BlackBerry Thumb Can Aggravate Arthritis

By September 22, 2006

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BlackBerry Thumb is a catch-all name applied to a painful condition. Numbness and pain in the thumb and joints of the hand are symptoms caused by the repetitive stress of using a BlackBerry device or other handheld wireless PDA's (personal digital assistants). BlackBerry Thumb is a recognized condition and increasingly frequent complaint of people who conduct business on-the-go using mobile communication devices.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), BlackBerry Thumb isn't limited to business people. However, a predominance of PDA users are middle-aged business people and many have arthritis which can be aggravated by BlackBerry Thumb. It's important not to ignore symptoms. See your doctor if symptoms persist. Treatment for BlackBerry Thumb may include a physical therapy consultation, icing, splinting, or a steroid injection. Severe cases may require surgery to remove scar tissue which can thicken the tendons. The APTA offers these Physical Therapist Tips for Handheld Users.

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Comments
October 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(1) Lise Raev says:

Isn’t that interesting? This isn’t something that I thought about with the advent of the smartphone, but my husband and other people I know in physical therapist jobs have told me about this phenomenon. What is our technology doing to us. . .

April 11, 2012 at 3:58 am
(2) jane says:

My thumb joints started to ache with texting so much and now they are very sore. There is arthritis in the family so I have probably bought it on with texting!

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