Over the past 12 months or so I have noticed a really shocking trend in practice. Each week I see an increasing number of young kids (and the young at heart) with hand, wrist and elbow complaints. When taking their history they all have something in common; they play video games.
Whether it is on a phone, a tablet, a gaming console or a computer; playing games, texting or emailing for long periods of time, although fun and highly entertaining, can lead to injuries of the upper limb. The mechanism of injury is repetitive strain. This basically means doing the same action over and over again until an injury occurs.
Although we can provide Chiropractic treatments to help decrease pain and improve function and stabilisation, it is important to try and prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place.
Things that may help include:
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from using a device it is recommended that you seek professional advice from a qualified health practitioner; so that you may have a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
Until next time,
Dr. Amanda Collins (Chiropractor)