How to Avoid Pain From Using Your Smartphone

The average person in the United States spends 5 or more hours a day on a mobile device, increasing the cases of neck pain, trigger finger, texting thumb, and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

 

As we know, phones have evolved over the years from big, rotary dialers to hand held computers, but the human body has yet to evolve into the shape of a hand to match the device. If you're like most people, you use your phone everyday for things like: your alarm clock, texting family and friends, checking emails, reading the news, connecting on social media, listening to music, taking photos, and more. Basically, it is not uncommon these days to have your smartphone in your hands from the time you wake up until bedtime. 

 

 

If you use a smartphone, it is very likely that you might be experiencing some hand discomfort, whether it is in your thumb, wrist, or elbow. Smartphone overuse can cause wrist pain because tendons connected to the thumb can become inflamed at the wrist. Your elbow can also become affected if it is constantly bent while holding the phone.

 

Your neck, back and shoulders are also likely to experience pain from being hunched over while looking at your smartphone. The position that you place your shoulders and neck in while utilizing your smartphone can increase pain within that region.

 

Another common injury tied to smartphone use is texting thumb or trigger thumb - also called trigger finger. Trigger finger is a repetitive stress injury known as stenosing tenosynovitis. Nothing is dislocated or broken in the hand, and most of the time there isn't much inflammation, but it can still become annoying to the person experiencing it. This is a sign that you could be developing tendonitis or arthritis. 

 

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are also common problems associated with smartphone usage. Overuse of these related muscles could be a contributing factor into the pain. Another smartphone injury that is becoming increasingly common with extra large smartphones is the "smartphone pinky." This is when the pinky finger becomes deformed or dented from balancing the smartphone with the pinky on the bottom of the phone. 

 

If you find yourself experiencing any of these common injuries or pain problems, Mountain Ice is here to help! Simply apply a light coat of gel to the affected area twice daily. The menthol scent will dissipate within 1-2 minutes and be replaced by a soothing, cooling sensation. 

 

Our Mountain ice gel typically remains effective for 1-2  hours as the natural ingredients penetrate the skin, reducing inflammation and providing healing relief to the affected area. Reapply as necessary to promote relief and healing. Let Mountain Ice melt the pain away! 

 

Do not apply Mountain Ice Pain Relieving Gel to broken or damaged skin. For pain and swelling lasting longer than 3-5 days, consult a physician. Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant, and keep out of the reach of children.