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Do you suffer from 'BT'?

What's BT? (Blackberry Thumb)
The “pain after texting” phenomenon is already known in adults, where it was known as “Blackberry thumb” because it often developed after using that smartphone’s tiny keyboard.But according to a study presented at the 2011 annual congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, kids are also experiencing significant joint pain in their wrists and fingers caused by frequent texting on cell phones and playing video games on devices like Xbox and Gameboy. In this survey of 257 children ages 9 to 15 years, girls who used mobile phones reported twice as much pain compared with boys; the girls also sent an average of 50 text messages per day.

Here are some tips to try and avoid 'BT' and getting worse problems.

How to Avoid Stress Injuries and Arthritis

The best way to prevent osteoarthritis joint pain or repetitive stress injury is to avoid it. For adults, that may mean making some lifestyle changes; for parents, it may mean setting some limits.

Here’s how:

  • Limit texting to short messages. "For a long message or a conversation, a phone call is actually a lot easier," advises Nanavati.
  • Always use good posture, no matter what the activity.
  • Take frequent breaks from gaming or texting. "The best advice is to break up texting or gaming into shorter sessions,” Nanavati says.
  • During those breaks, walk around, stretch, and shake out your wrists.
  • Avoid tension in your neck and shoulders.
  • Avoid keeping your wrists in a bent position for long periods of time.


05/02/2012 9:10AM
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