Friday, April 22, 2005

Handheld devices linked to rise in joint injuries

This shocking story is found in

Sandy Boyd's BlackBerry had become her passion. Now it has also become a source of pain.

About three months ago, the National Association of Manufacturers vice president noticed that, as she started to type, the area between her thumb and wrist would begin to throb.

Orthopedists say they are seeing an increasing number of patients with similar symptoms, a condition known as "overuse syndrome" or "BlackBerry thumb." In some patients, the disability has become severe.

As I read this article, I could not help to think how our ancestors, who created the great country we live in today, would have been so horrified and sympathetic to our generation, if they could have known that so many today are having to suffer with something as devastating as BlackBerry thumb!


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