July 6, 2009
Beyond the already well-known “BlackBerry thumb,” avid texting may also cause pain to the hand, arm and neck, new research shows.
But there may be ways to avoid this discomfort, the study found. Young adults who texted while hunched over and typed using only one thumb had more problems with their arms, neck and hands than those who sat straighter and used more than one digit.
“Considering how much we use the small mobile phone keypads, it is important that we learn how they affect our bodies,” said study author Ewa Gustafsson, an ergonomist at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. “We need to identify factors related to mobile-phone usage that may affect our health and ability to work.”
Modern communications devices are associated with several painful repetitive stress and nerve compression injuries. More…