ASHT Warns About Blackberry Thumb … Again


Every few months we always see a barrage of articles warning about the overuse of using the Blackberry. This sympton coined Blackberry thumb is a repetitive stress injuries which is caused by scrolling and typing away at your emails. Other popular RSI is carpal tunnel syndrome which is caused by prolong typing on the keyboard and ‘iPod Finger’ which is a pain in the right or left index finger. ASHT President Donna Berger Stanton warns, “Hand-held electronics may require prolonged grips, repetitive motion on small buttons and awkward wrist movements. This combination can lead to hand, wrist and arm ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.”.

Although the subject seems pretty funny, there is some seriousness behind it. Repetitive strain injuries, the workplace’s most common and costly occupational health problem, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). RSI injuries affect hundreds of thousands of workers and cost more than $20 billion a year in workers’ compensation, OSHA estimates. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that carpal tunnel syndrome, which can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, burning, coldness of the hand and possible loss of function, accounts for about 50 percent of all work-related injuries. More than eight million are affected by carpal tunnel yearly, with women being twice as likely to develop the ailment as men.

So what’s the solution to avoid ‘Blackberry Thumb’? Experts say to slow down and take a break from their devices … yeah right!