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    Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

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    (Source: Indystar.com) Nationally, about 2.5 million people use a BlackBerry, more than double last year's number. As the number of users rises, more are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis due to overuse -- a condition called "BlackBerry thumb," says orthopedic surgeon Arthur Rettig of Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists.

    "Many people are experiencing repetitive stress injury, causing pain and sometimes numbness in the thumbs and joints in the hand, due to spending far too much time composing e-mails and accessing the Internet on hand-held devices," he said.

    To reduce discomfort and potential long-term damage, Dr. Rettig offers the following advice:
    1 Take frequent breaks: The repetitive motion causes harm to nerves, so after 15 or 20 minutes, get up and perform a different activity to allow hand muscles and joints to rest.

    2 Write fewer and shorter messages: Learn to abbreviate responses. If you need to send longer messages, use a full-size keyboard.

    3 Adopt a neutral grip: Use a grip that allows your wrists to remain upright and straight and refrain from slouching while using a BlackBerry. Place the BlackBerry on a briefcase or use a support in your lap to reduce strain.

    4 Avoid thumb-typing: When possible, alternate typing between fingers. If your thumbs or hands hurt, pay attention and cut back the typing. If the pain worsens, especially if it's hard to do other things with your hands or if you have numbness or tingling, see an orthopedic specialist.

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    well I'm hosed then i tried typing with my fingers and its not as fast as if i was using my thumbs. Watch there will be something out called Carpultunnel thumb Syndrome.

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    i get this all the time.

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    I made a joke about this a few days ago to a fellow user (after the WII elbow, Playstation thumb etc.) and lo and behold there's a post about it on my first day as a PinStack member!

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    My thumb hurts typing this!

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    what about my neck and shoulders! from looking down at my bb while im typing

    i find with HEAVY use, my neck starts to hurt too..i mean, we aren't holding the bb up to eye level when we are typing

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    I get the most discomfort from laying down and I.M.ing in my bed, i get tingling feeling in my hands and arms cuz all the blood is rushing out of them, I must be lazy cuz my tower is like 5' away lol

    oh and when I cut one of my thumbs it was sooo hard to type on the BB, this thanksgiving I'm gonna say I'm thankful for thumbs and BB's LOL.
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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    Good to know, thanks Hayden!
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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

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    Hmm... Blackberry thumbs? What about Sidekick thumbs? And how about MDA thumbs?

    It should be called "QWERTY thumbs" after all.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    There's always icy hot >> and then right back to the bb (who's texting me now) I got bb thumbs and I love it

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    Timely message, Hayden. I just blogged about this a couple days ago. Thanks.

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    i cant believe this...
    I mentioned this to my co-workers today,
    well... that you couldn't sell a blackberry to a thumbless person HA!

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    Quote Originally Posted by cherrichiodo View Post
    what about my neck and shoulders! from looking down at my bb while im typing

    i find with HEAVY use, my neck starts to hurt too..i mean, we aren't holding the bb up to eye level when we are typing
    Awhh! Good point.

    LMAO!

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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    Hmmmm... My job requires me to carry a BlackBerry, so maybe BlackBerry thumb is worthy of paid time off work!?!?
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    Re: Four ways to avoid BlackBerry thumb

    My problem is not bb thumb pain but "twitchy" thumb. Age I guess (though I am only 46). But anyway, my thumb will sometimes twitch and I get the wrong response on blackberry kind of annoying actually. di

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