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CONTACT: John Digles [email protected] or Nicole Tronolone [email protected] MWW Group (312) 853-3131 ASHT RE-ISSUES NATIONAL CONSUMER EDUCATION ALERT: HEAVY USE OF HANDHELD ELECTRONICS CAN LEAD TO HAND AILMENTS Professional Hand Therapists Offer Tips to Prevent Injuries Caused by Extended Use of Popular Portable Electronics CHICAGO, IL – date – The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) issued a national consumer education alert for handheld electronics users to avoid the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other ailments that may be irritated by heavy use of these devices. The popularity of using the small personal music devices (excessive use of the scroll wheel) or using the thumb extensively for text messaging on phones and other text messaging devices can lead to sore wrist and thumbs and has led to the popular term “Blackberry Thumb”. In conjunction with this alert, the hand therapy society also released a specially designed list of usage guidelines and exercises to help portable electronics devotees avoid painful hand and arm injuries now and in years to come. ASHT is dedicated to representing hand therapists across the U.S. and in many countries throughout the world. “Handheld electronics may require prolonged grips, repetitive motion on small buttons and awkward wrist movements. This combination can lead to an increased susceptibility to hand, wrist and arm ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis,” said ASHT Past President Donna Breger Stanton, MA, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA. “Many handheld electronics users spend hours on these small electronics every day, responding to e-mails and spooling through music lists and address books. These devices are immensely popular and they are getting smaller with even more features,
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