Americans have quickly turned to texting and other social media interactions as the most popular mode of communication. Although communicating has seemed to become much more convenient with the ability to virtually talk anywhere, these types of interactions can come with a painful price.
Texting Tendinitis, also known as “Texting Thumb”, is a condition that can develop over time as a result of the overuse of the joins, ligaments, muscles and tendons within the hand, wrist and forearm (see picture below).
The most common cause of “Texting Thumb” is, you guessed it, texting! The monotonous movements we use to type and scroll on a phone can cause pain, loss of function and tenderness to the components of the thumb joint, wrist and even the forearm. Take for example normal wear and tear on a vehicle. When using the same parts consistently for long periods of time, something is bound to need replacing or tuned up eventually. The same goes with injuries such as “Texting Thumb”. While texting, the thumb is repeatedly participating in movements involving extension, flexion, abduction-adduction and opposition. The thumb was not made to complete long-term dexterous work such as constantly pressing buttons on a phone. Resulting from this, phone users can experience mild to severe cases of “Texting Thumb” or even chronic, more severe injuries.
Severe cases of “Texting Thumb” can cause the Median Nerve, located in the wrist, to become impinged. This can cause an array of symptoms to include, numbness, tingling, and weakness within the hand and fingers. The result of such symptoms is defined as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is extremely painful and involves the breaking down of function within the digits and the hand. Often, due to weakness, inability to grip, and severe pain, patients who present with Carpal Tunnel require surgery.
How can “Texting Thumb” be prevented?
Once in the virtual world, it is nearly impossible to take a break or remove yourself altogether. To prevent injuries from occurring, without putting down your phone for good, preventative measures must be taken. If you are a frequent text-er or social media extraordinaire preventative acupuncture may be right for you. Fast Relief Acupuncture provides treatments that work to keep your joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons in tip-top shape, strengthening over time. Rather than diminishing vital areas of the hand which invites in injury, our experienced specialists prevent the breakdown from occurring in the first place. This process ultimately enables a healthy environment for all your virtually related business needs.
What if I already experience pain from “Texting Thumb”?
After being diagnosed by a doctor, you may be wondering which steps to take next. While your doctor may suggest pharmaceutical treatment and physical therapy, there is an effective, alternative method that is cost-efficient and guaranteed to work. Regular acupuncture therapy is a smart decision for those that wish to heal, while also strengthening, conditioning and replenishing vital health components which aid in full injury recovery.
How it works
Upon your first visit to Fast Relief Acupuncture, our knowledgeable specialists will evaluate your history, including when your pain started and where exactly you are feeling it. You will then be physically evaluated, and an in-depth, unique treatment plan will be curated specifically for you.
During your treatments you will receive therapy including, acupuncture, manual therapy and balance taping. These therapies, combined, will produce the ultimate recipe for self-healing, relaxation, and natural pain-relieving hormone stimulation. The process works over-time as your body re-bounds from the injury and heals back to its fullest potential.
Our safe therapies are fully natural. There are no lab-made medications, unnatural chemicals applied to your body or prescriptions required. Fast Relief Acupuncture specialists are highly trained and experienced in treating “Texting Thumb” and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome the natural way. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for physical therapy or taking unnatural medications to reduce pain, set up a free consultation to learn how acupuncture is the right step for your journey to relief.
Get back to socializing, sharing and posting today. Call Fast Relief Acupuncture for a quick consultation and even faster healing.