Are Touchscreens Safe? Touchscreens And Carpal Tunnel

February 22, 2019 | By: Raleigh Orthopaedic Team

In the 1990s, the U.S. Department of Labor called carpal tunnel syndrome the “chief occupational hazard” of the decade. A lot has changed since then, especially technology. Technology is something none of us had ever suspected to advance so fast. We see new electronic devices on the market every year, and they get better and better, generally increasing our quality of life. Nevertheless, we should always consider how technological development affects our health. When in doubt, after reading this article, contact our Hand Wrist specialists in Raleigh, to find out more.

As a clinic specializing in Orthopedics, we analyze all aspects of people’s lives and how they influence their health and well-being. So, we cannot help but wonder and investigate how these new technologies affect our patients’ quality of life and health.

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Touchscreen is the culprit

Although modern touchscreens are helpful and efficient, they can also cause a variety of problems. The most prominent condition of all is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It continues to be the most-reported medical condition. About 900,000 cases are reported each year.

The problem is that touchscreen laptops or tablets require users to lift their arms to use touch controls. This, in turn, puts greater weight on the extremities, and a more definite impact on balance, while in a sitting position. How our patients position themselves while sitting is important when using a laptop – even more than when using a regular keyboard. 

Touchscreen-oriented health risks are deceptive because most people don’t even know that they might occur. The potential for injury from using touchscreens will only continue to increase as more people use smartphones and tablets nowadays. Whenever you feel something is wrong with your hand or wrist, do not hesitate – contact our hand specialists or hand surgeons in Raleigh.

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Hand specialists and surgeons in Raleigh

If you live in the area of Raleigh, carpal tunnel Syndrome treatments are available to you at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic.

At Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic we treat all kinds of conditions involving the Hand Wrist.

To schedule an appointment in Raleigh or at one of our clinics or performance centers, please call (919) 863-6996.


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