Now the mobile phone is the villain

December 25, 2007 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

text messagingWe have all heard of Carpal tunnel syndrome which occurs when an important nerve (called the median nerve) gets compressed at the wrist because of swelling. This has been attributed to spending too much time at your computer using a keyboard and mouse. Blurred vision and headaches have sometimes been blamed on monitors. Then there are the spine and back issues. The poor computer has been blamed for a lot of medical problems lately – most of which can be avoided through sensible use of ergonomics.

Well, for a change the villain of this story is not the computer – it is the cell phone. A student in New Zealand has been diagnosed with Text Messager’s Thumb. The 20-year old student is said to have sent up to 100-text messages per day resulting in the inflammation of the tendons in her thumb. Must have been an intense discussion about something very important!

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