Tech News to Use - 'The Blackberry Thumb'
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), you can now add the "Blackberry Thumb" to a list of workplace maladies.
BlackBerry Thumb refers to an increasingly common, repetitive-stress injury stemming from use of the popular handheld electronic devices. This stress injury causes pain and/or numbness in the thumbs and joints of the hands.
The condition is caused by spending too much time on these devices -- checking and composing e-mails, instant messaging, and accessing the Internet.
What makes it worse is heldhand devices are no longer limited to the workplace as more and more people use them after-work hours to stay in touch with family and friends. And for those middle-agers who overuse the handheld devices, an underlying arthritis condition may be aggravated.
To read the article, including tips by the APTA on how to avoid the "Blackberry Thumb," click here.