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Date:4/18/2008

ourages the public to take extra caution and be aware of everyday activities which could lead to hand or upper extremity ailments. In conjunction with the June 9-13 awareness week, the Society has posted a series of injury prevention tips and guidelines, covering activities such as gardening, cooking and playing video games. Visit http://www.asht.org and click on "Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week" to view the tips and for additional information.

The following are a sample of the professionally-designed guidelines for the use of handheld electronics and portable devices. From MP3 players to cell phones to portable video games, you can't walk down the street without seeing someone immersed in the word of handheld electronics. The repetitive use of these items can result in injuries that can be prevented by adhering to these tips:

-- If you have pain during the activity, stop. Pain is one of the ways

your body is letting you know that you are overextending a particular

muscle group.

-- Use a neutral grip when holding the device. A neutral grip is when the

wrist is straight, not bent in either direction. It allows for wrist

motion in a plane where more motion is available in the wrist.

-- Take a break every few minutes or switch to another activity. Overuse

of repetitive motions, such as pressing buttons, can cause tendonitis

of the elbow or lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (tendon or nerve

irritation).

-- If possible, place pillows in your lap and rest arms on pillows or use

the device supported on a desk or tabletop. This allows you to keep

your head in a more upright position and therefore decrease neck

strain. The pillows or desk help support the arms so they do not have

to be held up in the air.

-- Sit in an appropriate chair. This is a chair that allows you to pu
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SOURCE American Society of Hand Therapists
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