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The next epidemic: Texter’s thumb?

Too much texting may seem like it wouldn’t be that hard on the body. Tell that to the woman who just had to have two tendons removed due to over-use. After 12-hour days of texting clients on her iPhone, a Philadelphia mortgage banker’s thumb tendons had become so inflamed, they had to be removed.

It’ll be several more weeks before she can text as usual again — but so far, she said she’s been using the “hunt and peck” method to text. (Perhaps it would be better to start using the iPhone to call clients?)

It’s worth reminding patients: If any repetitive motion like texting starts to cause pain — or numbness, tingling or inflammation — it’s time to take a rest from it.

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