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Injuries from Technology More Common than Most People Realize
Date:9/16/2009

"Wiiitis" and "Blackberry Thumb" are on the Rise

Villanova, PA (Vocus) September 16, 2009 -- While technologies such as Blackberries, Wii and Laptops have added convenience and entertainment to many people's lives, they are also creating an influx of overuse injuries in many adults and children. Many physical therapy clinics, like Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness in Villanova, PA, have seen an increase in patients with overuse injuries as a result of technology.

"People are addicted to their handheld devices, and both adults and children are seeking medical treatment for their pain," Says Valerie Brill, PT, OCS, clinic manager of Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness. "Daily use of computers, phones, PDAs and video games can cause pain, swelling and repetitive strain to the musculoskeletal system, because the body was not designed for this type of activity."

Other symptoms of technology addiction can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tingling of the hands and fingers, neck pain, back pain and eyesight strain.

Overuse injuries from technology are not just limited to adults. Children are also spending more time using handheld communication devices and computers. However, while adults typically use a computer sitting at a desk, children often work on the computer in different postures, such as sitting on the bed or lying on the floor.

"Many of these postures cause extreme strain on the neck as kids look at the screen. Low back pain is also common from being unsupported while they play," says Brill. "The medical community at large i
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