Is Your Phone Harming Your Hands?

How to hold a phoneIt’s hard to imagine life without your smartphone now, isn’t it? It’s likely your most-used and important day-to-day possession. With our society’s reliance on our handheld devices and the recent trend towards bigger screens, you may have noticed that it’s harder to hold your phone as often as you’d like. If you’ve noticed pain in your wrist, hands, or thumbs, keep reading for some tips about how to prevent this issue as well as when it may be time to seek treatment.

How to hold your smartphone

Compared to other forms of technology or even furniture, we have not found a more ergonomic version of a smartphone. That means instead of letting the device provide you with a more joint-friendly version of a phone, you’ll have to adjust your own body to minimize possible damage. To hold your phone in a more ergonomic way, we suggest minimizing the strain being put on your wrists. That means, trying to keep your wrists are straight as possible when holding your phone. We also suggest placing your phone on a flat surface such as a table whenever you can.

How to relieve hand pain

If you feel it’s already too late to change your habits and are experiencing pain from holding your smartphone, don’t worry. You still have options. First, we’d suggest taking a break from using your smartphone. We know eliminating phone use isn’t realistic but from time to time you could take breaks and do little stretches to flex your tendons. If that feels too painful, try alternating hot and cold compresses on affected areas. A massage may also provide relief. If not using your smartphone is absolutely out of the question, utilize your phone’s hands-free functions as much as possible.

When to seek help

If you find you’re still experiencing a lot of pain after adopting the above self-care treatment tips, it may be time to seek out professional help. We especially suggest you seek help if you experience any numbness, cramping, tingling, and stiffness even when you aren’t using your smartphone.

We hope that these tips help to provide some relief while using your smartphone, if you have any questions about these tips or if you feel like you need to seek treatment, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (219) 795-3360.

Posted in: Hand/Wrist/Elbow

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