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Repetitive strain from smart phones

Smart Phones and thumb pain

The increasing use of smart phones is resulting in pain in the thumbs due to an irritation of the muscles and tendons at the base of the thumb. It is a rapidly growing condition as more people use smart phones, and you can help prevent it by following the below  tips:

• Switch to tapping with other fingers, or use both thumbs to type instead of one.

•Where possible only use your smart phone to send short messages. If this is unavoidable give your thumbs a break when typing long messages.

• Leave non-urgent e-mails to when you get back to your computer.

•Use shortcuts. This not only helps to get tasks done faster but it reduces the need to scroll.

•Use the AutoText feature. This will automatically change common spelling mistakes and also allow for shortcut words.

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