Friday, January 28, 2005

Do You Suffer From “iPod Irritation” Or “Blackberry Thumb?”

PORTLAND, Maine (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You’ve heard of “tennis elbow” – well, what about “Blackberry Thumb?”

The newly-diagnosed disorder results when high tech gadget junkies overuse their handheld computers and end up with an inflamed tendon at the base of their thumb.

According to Stacey Doyson of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), handheld gadgets like iPods and Blackberry devices are causing more injuries in recent years.

She says the small size of the gadgets puts strain on the hands and leaves the fingers cramped in awkward positions, leading to pain and discomfort with excessive use.

Because of the iPod injuries and Blackberry bruising, the ASHT has issued an alert warning users of the dangers of staying glued to your gadgets and urging them to reduce use.

Despite the warning, Doyson expects the problem to get worse before it gets better because, as she puts it, “I really don’t think people are aware of what they’re doing to themselves.”

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