Monday, November 13, 2006

All Thumbs

I remember all the hubbub over the possibility of repetitive strain injury brought on by the Atari 2600 game controller. Ergonomics remain a concern with laptops and other personal computers. So I'm slightly surprised that it's taken so long for texting to raise any widespread concern.

The American Physical Therapy Association recently issued a warning for what it terms Blackberry Thumb, or RSI brought on by active PDA and smart phone use. And what should you do if you experience swelling or throbbing? Apply ice -- and consider stretching exercises.

Yeah, right. Calisthenics before Dodgeball. Man, that takes me back to grade school!

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