Gadget Injuries: Another Source Of Pain

Most of the injuries you’ve known these days are mainly about sports injuries. You don’t see the increasing number of personal injuries relating to the millennial and modern lifestyle. These high technology gadgets are indeed making everybody’s lives easier, but you don’t realize yet that they can leave you grumpy, in trouble, and pain. 

Below are the most common gadget injuries and conditions leading to hand pain or wrist pain that some people experience.

Swipers Thumb

The cause of this condition is the overusing of the muscles that extend the thumb when you mostly swipe a phone’s screen. It causes strain on the tendons of your thumb, and you will feel a potential irritation on the radial nerve. Medically, the condition is known as De Quervain’s syndrome or tenosynovitis of tendons.

Tablet Bicep

Tablet bicep develops when a tablet is being held away from your torso with both arms so you can view the screen. Having anything in that position for a long time can lead to adaptive shortening. With your hand holding the tablet statically, it can affect the muscles and biceps surrounding the shoulders. It will increase the risk of developing RSI conditions in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.

Computer Hunch

The cause of this condition is poor posture while you sit at a desktop computer. Slouching your body forward for a more extended period means the muscles between your shoulder blades have too much stress to feel, leading to stiffness and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back area.

Mouse Wrist

Consistent and repetitive use of a laptop’s mouse can also overuse the muscles that extend your wrist leading to wrist pain. It will not only affect the tendons on your index finger but on the forearm and wrist, too. It can lead to repetitive strain injury and nerve irritation.

Laptop Neck

Most of the time, people tend to look downwards at their laptops. The muscle that lets you do this is known as sternocleidomastoid. It will become tight and short with prolonged laptop usage, especially if you keep looking down at the monitor. It can cause a shortening of muscles, which means that it can oppose the movement and do a lot of work. 

Kindle Strain

Propping up your head with pillows while lying can lead to the same pain issue with the laptop neck, especially if you look down for an extended period. If you are using many pillows, it can cause the severity of the condition and might give you too much pain. The worst part is, you won’t even notice it when you are in the deep focus of reading a book. 

Standing Desk Pain

People these days are easy to adopt a poor posture in standing as they are sitting down. Many of them will put too much weight on one leg while they try to place the other leg in an imbalanced position. They don’t realize that it can lead to muscle tightening, leading to more severe pain. 

FBCD or Fitbit Compulsive Disorder

It is caused by performing too many activities to keep your fit a bit joyful without letting your body the time to adapt. Many people practice the behavior of doing nothing, then all of a sudden plunge into the idea of doing 10k steps or other extreme activities. At least give your muscle time to recover or let it cool down first before doing any intense work. Muscles will get tired quicker, and it remains tighter for a more extended period if you do not allow it to do a little warm-up. It can cause pain in some parts of your body, especially in the ankles, shins, and knees.

Gamers Rage Tension

You are about to win a championship game of your favorite sports, and you are not easily giving up everything you’ve got. Chances are you’re gritting your teeth and giving tension to your shoulders every time you go for a tackle. If you do that for more hours, you will have severe and harmful overuse pattern movements. Mainly this condition occurs in adolescent boys and adult men.

Desktopitis

The cause of this condition is while you are resting your elbows on your desk for long hours. To a minimal degree, it can lead to over-sensitized elbows, which can be very annoying. As with extreme levels, it may lead to bursa irritation, which is a kind of fluid-filled sack that helps your skin to glide over on the bony point of your elbow. If you have desktopitis, your elbow will look as if you had a tennis ball being stuck into the end of it.

Expert Tips For Pain Management

Millennials are too vocal about their love of high-tech gadgets. But unfortunately, excessive usage leads to pain in their fingers and neck and other related injuries. Here are some of the tips for pain management, according to experts.

Do not forget to take a break from gadgets and gaming. 

Overuse of tablets, smartphones, gaming gadgets, and other electronic devices is a usual cause of pains and aches. To prevent it, use it at eye level instead of looking down most of the time for an extended period. It can cause strain, specifically on your back and neck. 

Most smartphones these days have a talk and text feature, so use it to limit your fingers or thumb from using. It lessens wrist strain, especially if you try to sit up in a straight position while gaming. Get off from the couch and stretch a little occasionally. To prevent digital eye strain, look away from the monitor for at least 20 seconds, then position yourself comfortably in a proper distance between the screen and your eyes.

Do not forget to move. 

Whether you are at your desk job or in the library studying, you must get up once in a while and move. Being sedentary in your sitting position can lead to pains and aches, especially in the lower back area of your body. Do some stretching or do a quick walk rather than sitting at your desk for long hours. 

Make sure to get healthy.

You are responsible for your health so take charge of it by engaging yourself in a healthy lifestyle change before chronic pains strike at you. Prevention is always better. As early as possible, start engaging in low-impact strength and aerobic training exercises. It’s one way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. Eat more nutritious food and have a balanced diet. You can talk with your healthcare provider about specific programs available to help you with your health journey.

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