In today’s mobile-driven world, it’s no surprise that almost everyone uses text messaging as a means of communication throughout their day. However, it may surprise you to learn that the number of messages we actually send and receive every day has increased dramatically in just the last five years. In fact, some studies indicate that the average American sends more than 60 text messages every day. That’s almost 22,000 messages a year!
Granted, that’s a lot of “Hey’s” “What’s ups?” and smiley faces. But that repetitive motion can take its toll on your fingers, thumbs and even your wrists. Many patients at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute have arrived complaining of shooting pains, numbness in their texting thumb or fingers, and weakness, causing them to drop things like coffee cups and everyday objects. This excessive texting can increase the severity of these symptoms, and if left untreated, can even lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
If your hands or fingers are hurting, Itching, burning or numb -or you keep dropping things – talk to your doctor. It’s important to treat never conditions as quickly as possible.