I’d be curious to see what the stats are on how much time people spend on their smartphones these days. (On second thought, maybe I wouldn’t. It might be too depressing.) With the variety of applications available to users, it’s no surprise. But it can do some harm to your body, your fingers in particular. Here are a few things you can do, should those digits start revolting against your digital activities.
Are you texting your way to injury?
with advice from Matt Caster, PT, DPT, OCS
When texting started becoming commonplace, it was slow and awkward. (How many times do I have to click on “7” to get an “S”? Where’s my punctuation?) But with the advent of PDAs and smartphones, and the ability to not only text but post on social media and craft entire emails on a mobile device, people are communicating more than ever — non-verbally — with their phones. Unfortunately, with that advanced technology can come some digital pain, literally.
Constant typing and texting on your phone can cause pain and injury, says Matt Caster, a physical therapist at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in Pennsylvania). “Texting thumb is an overuse injury, where the tendons that control the thumb become inflamed due to the repetitive use of the thumb when typing text on your phone,” he explains. You may feel pain simply in your thumb or fingers, or it could manifest throughout the palm of your hand or even up the length of your arm.