In this video, we’ll be looking at how the use of cell phones is being associated with Arthritis.
This is another in a series of short videos where I’ll be sharing links to numerous scientific studies showing a great number of human health issues that are being linked to cell phone use.
Are we raising a generation doomed to develop arthritis?
Some researchers seem to think so. There seem to be at least two main factors
at work here. The first is that repetitive motion, combined with poor posture,
puts too much stress on joints, tendons, and muscles. That added stress can
turn into injuries — not just of the wrists, hands, and arms, but the neck and
back as well.
The second is that some studies are showing that exposure to
cell phone radiation exacerbates disease in which inflammation is a
contributing factor. For example, a 2014 study linked cell phone radiation with
inflammatory bladder disease.
Most people are aware that they can sometimes experience
pain and stiffness after texting. Doctors are seeing growing numbers of young
adults with arthritis pain today because of the gaming and texting they did as
kids years earlier. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that
middle-school and high-school students average 95 minutes of texting every day,
and a Pew Research report found that one in three teens sends more than 100
text messages a day — that’s 3000 texts a month. Children and young adults 8 to
18 years old are also spending more than 7 hours a day on some type of
One thing doctors recommend to help is to not use your thumb
to text, but rather to hold your phone in one hand and use the index finger of
your other to do the typing. Also, not holding your phone in your hand while
walking. This can increase pain in the wrist, and repetitive stress on the
wrist can lead to irreparable damage. If you need to talk when you are walking,
the use of an air tube headset is highly recommended.
If you would like to examine more information on Arthritis and cell phone use, I have included links below.
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