Weekend Contest Blackberry Thumb, is it Real?

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Today we posted an article warning on the dangers of the Blackberry thumb. According to the American Society of Hand Therapists this is supposedly a major problem but we haven’t seen anyone with this problem. So this Weekend Contest is entitled ‘Blackberry Thumb, is it Real?’ because we want to find out if this condition is actually real. So please post if had or are suffering from Blackberry Thumb or atleast if you knew someone with the problem.

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  • Julie

    Never heard it or never seen anyone with it. I think it’s just something that those American Hand Therapists doctors are using to scare people into seeing one of them and then charge them $100 for their services.

  • Julie

    Never heard it or never seen anyone with it. I think it’s just something that those American Hand Therapists doctors are using to scare people into seeing one of them and then charge them $100 for their services.

  • Donna

    Actually thought I was in the beginning stages of BlackBerry thumb on the left hand until I realized that my watch band was a little tight (leaving dents on my wrist) and that was causing the numbness. After removing the watch, I am happily thumb-typing without any problems. Who needs a watch when you already have the date and time on the BlackBerry?

  • Donna

    Actually thought I was in the beginning stages of BlackBerry thumb on the left hand until I realized that my watch band was a little tight (leaving dents on my wrist) and that was causing the numbness. After removing the watch, I am happily thumb-typing without any problems. Who needs a watch when you already have the date and time on the BlackBerry?

  • Rico

    I head this health issue for sometime. But never seen anyone has it. Well, if someone overuse it, they may somehow affected. Similar health issues are raised for people who use excessive amount of typing over the conventional keyboards. I think people BlackBerry responsibly!

  • Rico

    I head this health issue for sometime. But never seen anyone has it. Well, if someone overuse it, they may somehow affected. Similar health issues are raised for people who use excessive amount of typing over the conventional keyboards. I think people BlackBerry responsibly!

  • http://www.joescully.com/ Joe Scully

    I call BS on this…must have been reported by an avid PALM user…
    In an average day, I will send 20 e-mails via Blackberry, and 15 sms messages (based on the past week).
    Sizes vary, my sms messages usually take up the entire 160 letters, and my e-mails are atleast 3 sentences long (don’t like curt yes, no’s).
    This past summer, I would have to write a weekly newsletter that averaged 5,700 words (available at http://www.napcextreme.com) that I composed 90% of the time on the road on my berry. I never had any pain, wear or complaints using the keypad.
    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I hurt my elbow on my desk typing on my laptop.

  • http://www.joescully.com Joe Scully

    I call BS on this…must have been reported by an avid PALM user…
    In an average day, I will send 20 e-mails via Blackberry, and 15 sms messages (based on the past week).
    Sizes vary, my sms messages usually take up the entire 160 letters, and my e-mails are atleast 3 sentences long (don’t like curt yes, no’s).
    This past summer, I would have to write a weekly newsletter that averaged 5,700 words (available at http://www.napcextreme.com) that I composed 90% of the time on the road on my berry. I never had any pain, wear or complaints using the keypad.
    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I hurt my elbow on my desk typing on my laptop.

  • Bill Andrews

    Yes it is. For me, it was related to the width and thickness of the 7520. Wheh I first bought it, I also purchased a leather case. The leather case made it very cumbersome and started to experience joint pains below the thumb knuckes. I was able to eliminate it by removing it from the case. I believe for my hand, the unholstered, uncased BB 7520 works without pain however the little difference in the leather case caused discomfort :(

  • Bill Andrews

    Yes it is. For me, it was related to the width and thickness of the 7520. Wheh I first bought it, I also purchased a leather case. The leather case made it very cumbersome and started to experience joint pains below the thumb knuckes. I was able to eliminate it by removing it from the case. I believe for my hand, the unholstered, uncased BB 7520 works without pain however the little difference in the leather case caused discomfort :(

  • Steve Lien

    I can not attest to having problems with my thumbs but here is something that I have noticed that is exciting. I have noticed a change in my forearms which is giving me additional length of the tee!. My golf game has improved so much since getting my Blackberry 6 months ago, I which I would have got it years earlier. Here is my advice, If you want an extra 20 yards off the Tee, get a blackberry!! Excuse me while I go get some work; and exercise done.

  • Steve Lien

    I can not attest to having problems with my thumbs but here is something that I have noticed that is exciting. I have noticed a change in my forearms which is giving me additional length of the tee!. My golf game has improved so much since getting my Blackberry 6 months ago, I which I would have got it years earlier. Here is my advice, If you want an extra 20 yards off the Tee, get a blackberry!! Excuse me while I go get some work; and exercise done.

  • Brian

    I have not had any symptoms of the “Blackberry thumb” on the 7510, nor have seen anyone else with this problem (~80 7510 unit user base). I’ve had more discomfort typing on my laptop (HP nc8000) since the body of the laptop is very thick, and puts pressure on the wrists. I wonder if any 7100 series users have the effects more than the “traditional” blackberry style users.

  • Brian

    I have not had any symptoms of the “Blackberry thumb” on the 7510, nor have seen anyone else with this problem (~80 7510 unit user base). I’ve had more discomfort typing on my laptop (HP nc8000) since the body of the laptop is very thick, and puts pressure on the wrists. I wonder if any 7100 series users have the effects more than the “traditional” blackberry style users.

  • Brian

    I have not had any symptoms of the “Blackberry thumb” on the 7510, nor have seen anyone else with this problem (~80 7510 unit user base). I’ve had more discomfort typing on my laptop (HP nc8000) since the body of the laptop is very thick, and puts pressure on the wrists. I wonder if any 7100 series users have the effects more than the “traditional” blackberry style users.

  • Jim Bask

    Before I decide whether BB Thumb is real or not I’d like to know more about the recommended treatment. Do they prescribe narcotics to help manage the pain? If so, then it is real and I have it! “Hi, I’m Jim and I have Blackerry Thumbs!”

    Seriously, my wife is a physical therapist so from her preaching I guess I have to give some credence to any repetetive stress injury. I doubt it will ever reach epidemic proportions since you could always hunt and peck with your pointer finger or get an accessory keyboard.

  • Jim Bask

    Before I decide whether BB Thumb is real or not I’d like to know more about the recommended treatment. Do they prescribe narcotics to help manage the pain? If so, then it is real and I have it! “Hi, I’m Jim and I have Blackerry Thumbs!”

    Seriously, my wife is a physical therapist so from her preaching I guess I have to give some credence to any repetetive stress injury. I doubt it will ever reach epidemic proportions since you could always hunt and peck with your pointer finger or get an accessory keyboard.

  • Jim Bask

    Before I decide whether BB Thumb is real or not I’d like to know more about the recommended treatment. Do they prescribe narcotics to help manage the pain? If so, then it is real and I have it! “Hi, I’m Jim and I have Blackerry Thumbs!”

    Seriously, my wife is a physical therapist so from her preaching I guess I have to give some credence to any repetetive stress injury. I doubt it will ever reach epidemic proportions since you could always hunt and peck with your pointer finger or get an accessory keyboard.

  • http://www.crandalls.net/ Justin Crandall

    I have it. I’ve noticed that the joints in my thumbs have actually become “tired” and sometimes snap. I can still use it, obviously, but if I’m typing something somewhat lengthy I do have to stop and rest because my thumbs ache.

    Man, I’m pathetic….

  • http://www.crandalls.net Justin Crandall

    I have it. I’ve noticed that the joints in my thumbs have actually become “tired” and sometimes snap. I can still use it, obviously, but if I’m typing something somewhat lengthy I do have to stop and rest because my thumbs ache.

    Man, I’m pathetic….

  • Matt Millard

    BB thumb could be possible. I remember getting something similar to it playing Super Nintendo for hours on end as a kid. I would say that it is more fatigue than actual repetetive stess injury.

  • Matt Millard

    BB thumb could be possible. I remember getting something similar to it playing Super Nintendo for hours on end as a kid. I would say that it is more fatigue than actual repetetive stess injury.

  • Alex D.

    I don’t know about Blackberry thumb necessarily. The messages I send are generally pretty short. But I did notice some pain in the wrists and arms when I went on a Brickbreaker binge a few months ago.

  • Alex D.

    I don’t know about Blackberry thumb necessarily. The messages I send are generally pretty short. But I did notice some pain in the wrists and arms when I went on a Brickbreaker binge a few months ago.

  • Alex D.

    I don’t know about Blackberry thumb necessarily. The messages I send are generally pretty short. But I did notice some pain in the wrists and arms when I went on a Brickbreaker binge a few months ago.

  • Meducate

    In theory it makes sense as a specific type of repetitive strain disorder. Even if it is real, it is simply an occupational and/or leisure hazard. As for the ASHT pronouncement of the condition, it is important to remember that someone, somewhere wants to be the first to name a condition, and publish/present about it. So, someone chose to capitalize on this new perceived or real condition.

  • Meducate

    In theory it makes sense as a specific type of repetitive strain disorder. Even if it is real, it is simply an occupational and/or leisure hazard. As for the ASHT pronouncement of the condition, it is important to remember that someone, somewhere wants to be the first to name a condition, and publish/present about it. So, someone chose to capitalize on this new perceived or real condition.

  • Mark Hutchison

    have personally experienced mild “blackberry thumb” symptoms on more that on occaision. Generally speaking, they seem to hit me shortly after the launch of a new BlackBerry arcade game (so far Bass Assassin has left me in the most pain … I couldn’t even click the scroll wheel). Looking at all the posts so far there it would seem I am not alone; almost every affirmation of BB-Thumb also mentions game use.

  • Mark Hutchison

    have personally experienced mild “blackberry thumb” symptoms on more that on occaision. Generally speaking, they seem to hit me shortly after the launch of a new BlackBerry arcade game (so far Bass Assassin has left me in the most pain … I couldn’t even click the scroll wheel). Looking at all the posts so far there it would seem I am not alone; almost every affirmation of BB-Thumb also mentions game use.

  • Jeff

    Actually one of my co-workers, DOug Barron has it.

  • Jeff

    Actually one of my co-workers, DOug Barron has it.