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Editor's note: Hand treatments direct toward clients who overuse their fingers and hands are popping up in spas throughout the country. When working with these clients, provide relief, but also suggest that they see their physician if the pain is serious and recurring. Also, share the tips in the below article to help them prevent future discomfort.
With more than 152.7 billion text messages sent per month in the United States alone, it is becoming clear that society is shifting its primary method of communication from mouths and voices to hands and fingers. With this shift there has also been an increase in the number of injuries related to these repetitive motions.
More and more Americans are experiencing tingling, numbness and pain in their fingers and wrists. Is it just tired hands or something more serious? While these can all be signs of tired, overused hands, these symptoms can also indicate something more serious, such as a repetitive stress injury, tendonitis, aggravation of arthritis or sprains, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
Interestingly, despite the common conception that typing and texting cause carpal tunnel; there is no scientific evidence proving that keyboard use leads to carpal tunnel. That is why it is so important for people to go see their doctors when experiencing symptoms in their hands and wrists, instead of trying to self-diagnose. A proper diagnosis is the only guaranteed way to ensure that the proper treatment plan is prescribed in order to avoid complications and surgery later on.
“It is important that patients don’t dismiss symptoms of sore fingers, occasional numbness and tingling”, says George Kardashian, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist at The Center for Bone and Joint Disease in Hudson, FL. “These symptoms are all the body’s way of saying it needs a break or a more serious injury will occur.”