An Orthopedic Surgeon Reveals How To Hold Your Smartphone

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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

different types.

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.