You may have scanned the title of this article and thought to yourself: “Texting thumbs? Is that really a medical condition?” Well, in a manner of speaking – yes, yes it is. According to Virtua orthopedic surgeon Andrea Bowers, MD, the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, laptops and handheld gaming systems in today’s high-tech world has brought with it an unfortunate consequence – a new host of repetitive strain injuries (also known as RSIs) that stem from our increased use of these devices.
What’s a repetitive strain injury?
In a nutshell, an RSI takes root when a part of either the musculoskeletal or the nervous system is strained or damaged due to a repetitive task that causes a person to sustain an awkward or forceful position or exertion. A sudden, sharp pain, unusual fatigue, or tingling and numbness in the afflicted area are among the symptoms of an RSI.
Dr. Bowers regularly sees patients who are suffering from these sorts of injuries, and here she offers a few words of wisdom to the hopelessly tech-obsessed (and, let’s face it – that’s most of us).