My hands sometimes hurt after texting. Are there any risks with frequent texting or playing video games?
In today’s society, texting has become a quick and simple form of communication that is used by people of all ages. In addition, playing video games and using other forms of technology has become common, and the associated repetitive activities can put stress on the hands - the thumbs, in particular - that can cause problems both now and down the road.
Adults and teenagers, alike, send as many as 100 text messages per day, many using the thumbs for the typing, and this can cause overuse injuries in the hand and can lead to tendonitis, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. The term “testing thumb” has been used to describe this condition, and although it can be remedied by limiting the use of texting or video gaming, there many be long-term problems that can arise.
As with any other repetitive activity, as the tendons become inflamed in the hand, pain and selling may occur and scarring of the tendons many lead to stiffness and increased susceptibility to injuries in the future.
So, if your thumbs are starting to bother you, stop texting to give your thumbs a break. Make a phone call instead. Your friends and loved ones may appreciate the more personal form of communication.