ROSEMONT, Ill., July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the abundance of new technology in today's society, many
One of the most common conditions related to excessive video game use is De Quervain's tendinosis, an inflammation of the tendons that connect the wrist to the thumb. More informally called "gamer's thumb," the injury is caused by the rapid, repetitive thumb movement associated with electronic game play.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends that parents monitor the amount of time that kids spend using electronics and encourage them to participate in activities that keeps them fit and healthy.
"Forcefully pounding a game controller or computer mouse for hours can cause inflammation of the tendons of the hand, as well as neck and back pain," said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic hand surgeon Dori Cage, MD. "Parents can identify signs of "gamer's thumb" if a child complains about pain or locking and clicking in thumb. To help reduce the risk of kids having this condition, limit their daily gaming to two hours or less."
AAOS suggests the following tips to minimize electronics usage and injury risk:
Dr. Cage is the co-author of a study appearing in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine about tendon rupture associated with excessive smartphone gaming.
About the AAOSWith more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.
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Visit AAOS at: Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions. Facebook.com/AAOS1 Twitter.com/AAOS1
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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