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They’ve been called Crackberries and for good reason.
People who own BlackBerry devices can’t seem to put them down. They’re constantly typing and texting friends, family, the office. But handy devices such as the BlackBerry, Sidekicks, and Treos that make our hectic lives more manageable are wreaking havoc on our thumbs.
Pain, numbness, swelling and tendinitis are symptoms of what is commonly referred to as "BlackBerry Thumb," which is now an officially recognized diagnosis by the American Physical Therapy Association. The pain associated with this ailment is real, but it is treatable and preventable.
This article offers tips on preventing BlackBerry Thumb by making simple changes such as typing with your fingers instead of your thumbs. Spas at the Hyatt hotel chain are even offering a BlackBerry massage. Who knows if it works, but it’s certainly great marketing! The thumb massages start at $80.