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Texting Treatments May Not Be Enough

Posted: October 6, 2010

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Since it is almost impossible to stop using mobile devices or computers completely, it is important to know how to prevent these symptoms from turning from sore, tired fingers into something more severe.

Kardashian suggests patients take frequent breaks from texting and typing and stretch the affected areas if experiencing any symptoms. If pain and/or swelling exist, use ice packs to reduce swelling while giving your hands a rest. Also, for those individuals who spend most of their day in front of a computer it is important to have an ergonomic workstation.

“Be aware of the additional strain you are putting on your hands, fingers, thumbs and wrists,” Kardashian adds. “Taking precautions by stretching and resting your hands and wrists will allow your body to recover.”

In December 2009, there were 286 million US text message subscribers who sent 152.7 billion text messages per month, for an average of 534 messages per subscriber per month, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. These numbers show that the use of mobile devices will be a part of our daily lives moving forward and people need to know how to protect their hands and wrists to prevent texting injuries from occurring.