Text-messager’s thumb condition diagnosed in New Zealand girl
For those of you who can’t pry their hands off their cell phones from texting your loved ones, beware. You may be setting yourself up for texting tenosynovitis, a condition where the tendons along the thumb and side of the wrists become inflamed – clearly a case where having too much of a good thing can also be bad for you.
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Here’s a public safety warning for those people who enjoy texting on their mobile phones: beware of texting tenosynovitis. A student in New Zealand was diagnosed with the first ever case of text-messager’s thumb.
Texting tenosynovitis is a condition where the tendons along the thumb and side of the wrist are inflamed and filled the surrounding tissue with fluid. This was first reported by the Sunday Star-Times, quoting a report in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Two other cases of the ailment were also reported in a school-aged child in Singapore and a 13-year old girl in Australia. This is clearly a situation where having too much of a good thing can also be bad for you.
The authors of the report, Emma Storr and Mark Stringer, noted that text-messager’s thumb was most likely going to turn into growing trend given the popularity of text messaging on mobile phones.