Blackberry Thumb

The American Physical Therapy Association recently recognized BlackBerry Thumb as an official work place malady””a stress-related injury due to over-use of a PDA.

The Blackberry Thumb condition is caused by highly repetitive, forceful thumb movements with the thumbs held back from the palms.

The symptoms are pain in the thumb and region around the base of the thumb and hand. Treatment typically consists of resting or strapping the thumb, anti-inflammatory medicines, cortisone injections and, as a last resort, surgery.

Another form of treatment is to simply throw the Blackberry away.

2 replies
  1. Matt S
    Matt S says:

    LOL @ Stephen.

    I remember back when Mario Party came out for N64, all of my friends and I had torn skin from our hands due to one of the ‘mini games.’

    You had to rotate the thumbstick as fast as possible, and we realized the best way to do this is by using the palm of your hand. After hours of doing this, the skin on your hand starts to peel off…rather gross. lol.

    What was I thinking?????


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