Due to the incredible phone services we now have available to us, it can sometimes be difficult to pry ourselves away from our smartphones, tablets and computers. However, we sometimes do not realize that we are giving ourselves several physical ailments that are largely contributed to by our gadgets. The same way tennis players have tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylalgia) and swimmers have swimmers ear (otitis externa), avid gadget users now have their very own set of ailments. They are real and though they have amusing names, they are just as serious as any other general injury. Here are some of Ailments Caused By Gadgets, as well as ways to avoid or remedy them.
The American Optometric Association describes Computer Vision Syndrome as “a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.” Some of the most common symptoms that individuals with CVS suffer from are neck and shoulder pain, headaches, blurred vision, and other Ailments Caused By Gadgets.
It is said to be caused by inadequate lighting, computer screen glare, small fonts, and prolonger exposure to the screen. In addition, some existing eye conditions may be worsened or trigger CVS. Luckily, the symptoms are said to be temporary and will go away when you stop working in front of a computer. To prevent CVS, make sure that you control the settings on your monitor’s screen, as well as distance yourself properly. Taking a break every 20 minutes is also said to help avoid the problem.
Text neck was coined by a chiropractor from Florida named Dean L. Fishman, D.C. and describes it as “an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,”Even though its names implies that it is caused by overusing a smart or mobile phone, it can be caused by just about any type of wireless device. Symptoms include shoulder and neck pain, chronic headaches, and for younger users, an increased curvature in the spine. One way to alleviate this is to do neck exercises, as well as being more conscious of your habits with the devices that can lead to Text Neck.
iPad Elbow is a repetitive strain injury. It is caused by tablet users who curl up on the couch and try to get comfortable without thinking about how they are holding their tablets. Again, one way to avoid this is by taking breaks every so often and stretching your arm and wrist. Make sure to listen to what your body is telling you and when something starts to hurt, do something about it. There are now iPad holders that allow tablet owners to cling on to their device much better, as well as alleviating strain on the arms and wrists.
This sounds more like a dessert than a physical ailment but the reality is that it is another repetitive strain injury to the thumbs caused by excessive text messaging. Symptoms include a throbbing pain in the thumbs that may well extend to other fingers and the wrist. If you are not careful, you might experience the disability of your hands from BlackBerry Thumb. The answer to this ailment is moderation. Sufferers of Blackberry thumb are also advised to slow down while typing or switch to a touch screen because it requires less pressure than a physical keyboard.