Look to your left, look to your right, you all the people on their phones. Are SMARTPHONES THIS GENERATION’S BOON OR BANE because Not even mindful of it when crossing the roads, ready to risk their lives at the expense of the smallest thing called ‘A Phone’.
Long term usage of smartphones, hobbies like gardening or racquet sports, inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis causes painful inflammation of the tendons of your wrist and thumb. When the swollen tendons rub against the narrow tunnel they pass through, it causes pain at the base of your thumb and into the lower arm. This Gamer’s Thumb is also known as “De Quervain’s Disease”.
- Pain along the back of your thumb, directly over the two tendons.
- Swelling and pain at the base of your thumb.
- Swelling and pain on the side of the wrist.
- This can happen over a long period of time or suddenly. In either of the cases, the pain may travel until the forearm.
The treatment will include pain killers and anti-inflammatories given by your doctor. Your physiotherapist will mostly ask you to use a splint in order to hold your wrist and thumb firm and avoid movement. After the pain reduces, your physiotherapist will give you strengthening exercises for your wrist, hand and arm.
Here are a few things you can get started with:
- An elastic band is placed around the fingers and the thumb, and the thumb is moved against the resistance of the band away from the fingers.
- Place your hand on the table with the little finger first. Move the thumb away from the fingers.
- The hand is placed flat on the table, palm first. Keeping the hand still, the thumb is moved out to the side, as far as feels comfortable, then returned.
- Holding the affected arm out in front, the person uses the other hand to press down the back of the hand, stretching the wrist.
- Strengthening the grip can be done by squeezing a soft smiley ball and doing it as many times as you can without pain.