Mobile phone use can lead to car crashes, impaired sleep, and postural problems. It can also lead to repetitive stress disorders involving the hands. Using a smart phone or tablet requires hand motions that place stress on several small muscles, ligaments and nerves that control the hand. So texting, scrolling and swiping can eventually cause a musculoskeletal hand condition.
Maybe you’ve heard the term “blackberry” thumb and wondered if that condition really existed. There are several other condition names that have been thrown around loosely such as iphone thumb, cell phone thumb, etc., but all of them are common names for a condition known as De Quervain’s tendonitis. De Quervain’s tendonitis is a painful condition that affects two of the most prominent tendons that control the movements of the thumb. These tendons glide through a pulley system (or sheath) as they pass through the wrist before connecting to the thumb bone.
Healthy thumb movement and tendon function requires proper alignment of the tiny bones and joints in the wrist and hand. When these bones and joints are aligned properly the connecting muscles and tendons will function harmoniously to provide optimal thumb movement. However, when the tiny bones and joints of the wrist and hand lose their healthy alignment, it causes friction and stress on the tendons that glide through the pully system and tendon sheath. Prolonged use combined with
unhealthy carpal joint alignment can lead to a dysfunction or painful condition.
With proper thumb and carpal alignment, you should be able to use your cell phone or tablet without any pain or discomfort. However, when you lose the healthy alignment of these bones and joints, with repetitive activities such as texting, you may begin to develop a hand condition such as De Quervain’s tendonitis. When De Quervain’s tendonitis isn’t treated appropriately or if treatment is delayed, it may lead to the development of osteoarthritis in the joint where the thumb connects to the wrist. It is therefore best to seek treatment for this potentially disabling hand
condition sooner rather than later.
De Quervain’s tendonitis has been around for a long time and doctors have tried many different things in attempt to treat this painful condition. Common treatments for De Quervain’s include anti-inflammatory prescription medications, cortisone injections, and even surgery in extreme cases. After you understand the relationship between healthy thumb and carpal bone and joint alignment, it becomes apparent why chiropractic adjustments to the wrist and hand can alleviate the pain and dysfunction associated with De Quervian’s tendonitis and thumb arthritis.
However, there’s actually a non-surgical treatment that will alleviate the symptoms associated with De Quervain’s tendonitis, and also correct the
underlying problem that caused the condition to develop in the first place.
Chiropractic adjustments to the bones and joints of the wrist and hand will normalize the biomechanics and reduce tendon stress and friction. This will
improve the internal environment of the muscles, tendons and nerves within the hand, allowing the body to heal naturally.