You’ve probably experienced some of these symptoms already in your hands, wrist, and fingers from using your phone, tablet, or laptop- pain, cramping, soreness, numbness, popping, locking, stiffness, swelling. This is because texting, typing, and playing games repeatedly on your digital devices can cause strain, inflammation, pain and overuse injury to the tendon and muscles of the hands, wrists, and fingers, impairing functioning such as your ability to move your fingers and hold things.
Here are some preventions tips:
- Take a break. Allow your hands and fingers to rest. Lessening usage time will reduce the repetitive stress on them.
- Avoid typing long notes or messages on your phone or tablet. Use a keyboard instead.
- Use a separate mouse instead of track pad. Choose a mouse that does not put a strain on your hands and wrist. Keep the mouse in front of you, not to the side.
- Do exercises for the hands and wrists.
- Use the voice command or talk-to-text feature so as not to overuse your fingers or who thumb hurts.
- Set up the computer station so that your forearms are parallel to the floor, your wrist are straight and in line with your forearms, and your elbows are relaxed and bent at a 90-degree angle at your waist.