A recent study by JAMA Internal Medicine revealed a shocking story featuring a 29 year-old southern California man who ruptured the tendon in his left thumb from excessive gaming and texting.
The study documented the development of chronic pain, loss of range of motion, and eventual surgery in his left thumb due to overuse of his smartphone device.
The author of this study, Andrew M. Doan, says “this can happen to anyone with a smartphone, whether they’re constantly gaming, emailing, or texting.”
Different studies have researched the increase among smartphone use in the last 3 decades, finding that 46 percent of smartphone users say they “cannot live without” their phones.
Grace Walker, Director of Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, give some simple advice to those who find themselves excessively using their smartphones and other devices:
Here at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we provide effective solutions to your pain, stiffness, and physical mobility issues. With our personalized, hands on care by our compassionate and expert physical therapists, we will help you get on the right track to ensure long-term, pain-free, and healthy living into your late years.
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