Most smartphone devices are not ergonomically designed to support the complexities and sensitivities of the ligaments within your hands. Until a particular smartphone manufacturer does come up with a design that’s sleek and ergonomically friendly, please consider the following tips that are meant to protect your hands from aggravation and irritation.
Hand Pain Relief Tips
- Frequently change which hand you hold your smartphone device with
- Instead of writing lengthy text messages, provide immediate or brief details. If you need to type anything that’s beyond a paragraph or two, consider calling the other person or party.
- Take advantage of your smartphone’s swipe features instead of typing.
- Periodically stretch your fingers, wrist, and forearms throughout each day.
- If you notice hand pain, consider taking a light, over-the-counter pain reliever that addresses inflammation and cramping.
- When texting another person or party, place the smartphone device on a table so that you can text with both hands.
When to Seek Orthopedic Treatment For Hand Pain
If one of your hands starts to feel numb, tingling sensations, or becomes stiff over time, you should consider contacting one of the Atlanta orthopedic doctors at AICA Orthopedics for help. If you continue to experience such symptoms when you are not engaging with a smartphone device, let your doctor know. Our hand specialists can review your symptoms and conduct a series of tests to determine if you are dealing with a repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or arthritis.
Orthopedic treatment for these conditions may include immobilization techniques and devices, medication, or surgery depending on the extent or severity. Immobilizing the affected hand for several weeks allows the tendons to rest and recover from their continuous exposure to stress. Medication is meant to address inflammation and temporary pain.
With the demands of today’s professional and personal environments, it is impossible to not carry or use a smartphone device. However, adhering to these tips can help you avoid painful symptoms and potential permanent hand damage. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an examination for immediate treatment. Just dial (404) 855-2141 to speak with one of our friendly staff members.