I'm paying a visit to the New York City
offices of wrist and hand specialist Dr.
Steve Beldner to talk about the dangers
associated with the activity we engage
in more than almost any other in our day-
-to-days... holding our cell phones.
So, doctor, tell me am I holding this right.
I actually do like the position. People
want a very thin small device.
The problem with that is our hand wasn't
designed to handle small objects. When we
bring our thumb in, it loads the joint
over here... so there's more load over here
and less load over here. What we want to
do is we want to bring the thumb out
into what we call abduction or away from
the palm... So don't touch the phone...
I'm not suggesting a towel but making
the the device thicker will actually
take the stress off and allow you to
continue for a longer period of time.
There's some kind of accessory market
out there that someone to tap into.
Keeping your elbow as straight as
possible, you should not be holding the
phone up like this. Keep the wrist
straight. In a neutral position.
The straighter it is, the better the
flow through the nerve.
And the better the circulation. The big rule of thumb is, is take
rest breaks. Every hour or so put the phone down.
And cellphone stretches.
And cellphone stretches. Some simple stretches that
can do are just forearm stretches, so
stretching out your flexor muscles and
then you can do your extensor muscles as
well. You can also just do some nerve
glides or stretches, there's so many
This CMC - it's a neoprene splint and I really
like this. It doesn't restrict you, but it
gives you a little bit more support.
Just bring your arms down a little
bit. So put it on the table even, so
relax your hands and now you're not even
gripping and you can still use that
index finger and your shoulders are in a
better position and you're not overusing
that thumb. It's hard, it takes some time
to get used to but I had a patient who
was immobilized in a cast for four weeks.
He had severe tendinitis in his thumb
from the phone.
Oh that was a of a couple years
ago? Candy Crush was really big - It was a
couple years ago.
So beyond closing the Candy Crush
app - simple tips for keeping your
textually active wrists and hands
healthy: Watch your posture, take some
stretch breaks once in awhile and
consider bulking up your phone with an
easy-to-grip case. Of course feel free to
incorporate these in a way that works
best for you.