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Are Handheld Electronic Devices Leading to Greater Carpal Tunnel Problems?

21 June 2017

A new study from Wiley shows that frequent users of handheld electronic devices are more likely to report wrist/hand pain than those that are non-intensive users.

The finding indicate that caution may be needed when using handheld electronic devices in order to minimize the chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Of the 48 university students studied, those that frequently used handheld device showed signs of median nerve damage within the carpal tunnel and the transverse carpal ligament, resulting in numbness, tingling and pain in the hand.

“Our prior work identified that out of 500 students, 54% of intensive users and 12% of non-intensive users reported musculoskeletal symptoms in relation to use of electronic devices,” says Peter White, a researcher at Wiley that conducted the study. “We randomly selected 48 students using stratified sampling from the intensive and non-intensive users for further investigation and our results showed that excessive use of electronic devices may be linked to a greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome."

White recommends that it is important to monitor use of electronic devices in young people, especially children that are less capable of self-regulating.

The full study can be found in the journal Muscle & Nerve.

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