If you are anything like the majority of society, you probably spend a large portion of your day using electronics. Tablets, computers, phones, TVs, and game consoles are a large part of our days. Injuries from the use of these products are common, and in some cases, can cause serious harm to the body. If you want to reduce your chances of having finger, wrist, and hand pain from electronic devices, try some of these helpful tips.
Injuries you can get from electronic devices
Did you know that using electronic devices on a regular basis can lead to ganglion? Ganglion is a swollen cyst that forms, often along joints, that have seen too much stimulation. If you already have weak joints, then ganglion is a possibility. It will surface as a boil-like mass under the skin. Typically, the ganglion is not seriously harmful, but it foes look ugly.
- Carpel Tunnel
We’ve all heard about carpel tunnel. You can easily get carpel tunnel from typing, using a mouse, touching a screen over and over, or doing anything else respectively with your fingers. Carpel tunnel is rarely dangerous, but it can sometimes require treatment.
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
A repetitive stress injury is anything that comes from repetitive movements. Texting, typing, and holding an electronic device can all lead to repetitive stress injuries.
- Muscle strain
Using electronics can quickly lead to muscle strain in the neck, back, eyes, hands and joints. While rarely serious, muscle strain is still not good for the body.
Preventing injuries from electronic devices is not that hard for the most part. For computers, take breaks every hour or so to rest your eyes and hands. Flex your hands between typing sessions to increase circulation. Rest your wrists and hands on a soft surface to reduce stress. For phones and tablets, use different fingers to type or text. Position the tablet or phone a comfortable distance away from your eyes. Take breaks every hour or so. Stand up and walk around a couple of times an hour to restore circulation. Sit in a comfortable place while using the device. Overall, simply use common sense, and if you notice pain starting, change position or do whatever you have to do to reduce injuries.
When to see a doctor
Most screen-related injuries are not serious, but some can be. Talk with a doctor if you feel anything such as:
- Chronic pain that won’t go away or gets worse
- Stiffness in the joints or loss of feeling
- Sudden sharp pains
- If stretching, changing positions, or making other small changes seem to make the problem worse or don’t make it better
If you follow these steps, you will have an easier time with electronics use and will reduce your chances of seeing injuries. Electronic devices have brought a wealth of beneficial changes to the world, but if we also do not take care of our bodies, then the risks associated with the devices are greater than the benefits.
Ashley is a part-time guest blogger and a full-time health&fitness specialist. She currently represents PMIR Medical Center. PMIR providing facet block injections treatments which are helpful for inflamed facet joints caused by various disease and fracture.