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Doctors Warn Of Dangers From ‘Texting Thumb’

According to Jefferson University Hospital, texting thumb—a form of tendinitis in the thumbs—is one of the most common ailments seen by hand specialists today.

Dr. Eon Shin, a Jefferson orthopedic surgeon, says the increasing use of cell phones and computers have led to the overuse of our hands and wrists, leading to a rise in “techno-injuries,” especially among gen-Xers.

Fortunately, texting thumb can be treated fairly simply.

According to Dr. Shin, most people with texting thumb can treat it with simple rest or physical therapy.

Those with more serious conditions can undergo a procedure that requires a ½-inch incision in the bottom of the thumb that allows the inflamed tendon to move more freely.

It may be easy to overlook the symptoms, but those experiencing tingling or numbness in the hands are urged not to ignore it or think of it as a normal bodily occurrence.

As easy as it may be to treat texting thumb, according to Dr. Shin, the best way to avoid it is to lay off the phone from time to time.

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6 Responses to Doctors Warn Of Dangers From ‘Texting Thumb’

  1. tinei Reply

    August 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Twalibelela kale.its hard to stay away frm phones

  2. atm Reply

    August 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Tumalwele twa basungu utu. Ifwe tutongoleko amataba imbala, tuifwateko ama sando. Batumeko na tengaitwilo patali ukulwala.

  3. kakolwe Reply

    August 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    One lady blogger warnedd us that very soon, abasungu will tell US to avoid Nshima pantu its overuse will cause ‘cancer of the mouth’ They are slowly coming up!

  4. Posh Reply

    August 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    If i can’t use ma hands wat cn i use?whites,they think Africans are fools.muleiba abasungu banenu mwila tufulunganya amano.

  5. chris Reply

    August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Its purging thumb not ifyo mulelanda. Kekekekke

  6. bOB KAUNDA Reply

    August 16, 2012 at 5:03 am

    interesting old staff. i heard of that over 10 years ago and i ve been surfing with no tickles.

    BEWARE IMWE MWEBASUNGU
    “UMUSUNGU, MUSUNGU TEMUNTHU IYO”

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