Dr. Jafarnia discusses a condition increasingly seen among today’s texting population, “Texting Thumb” or “Texter’s Thumb” – a repetitive stress condition affecting the tendons of the thumb and a more modern reference to de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.
Using your smartphone might not seem like physical activity, but — when it comes to the tendons and muscles in your hands and thumb — it may be more of a workout than you think.
We tap our thumbs to fire off texts and emails. We pinch our fingers together to zoom in on the weird face our dog is making in a photo. But mostly, we swipe. Facebook post after Facebook post, tweet after tweet, Instagram photo after Instagram photo — it’s easy to spend hours swiping our thumb down the length of our smartphone screens.
As a result, some of us develop pain in our thumbs, which is called texter’s thumb (or, more commonly, texting thumb).Read More