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"Blackberry thumb" now medically recognized

Donald Melanson, @donmelanson
September 18, 2006
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"Blackberry thumb" is hardly a new development in the world of gadget-related injuries, as many of our readers can no doubt attest, but it looks like the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has finally caught on to our collective woes, recognizing the pesky problem as a bona-fide medical condition. The've also issues a set of recommendations to prevent it, including some reasonable stretching exercises, as well as some less-than-practical measures, like taking breaks from using your BlackBerry or PDA, writing shorter messages -- and, most sacrilegiously of all, using your fingers to type instead of your thumbs. We'll stick with our trusty BlackBerry Balm Hand Massage, thankyouverymuch.

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