Monday, January 23, 2012

iPad Users Beware: Pinch Grip Syndrome

Tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons of the thumb side of the wrist.
Dr. Randall West D.O. of Folsom, California, has recently diagnosed a number of patients with DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis. In all cases, they appear to be related to the continuous pinching force required to hold an electronic tablet.

"Recent cases have appeared that have been diagnosed as being caused by holding an electronic tablet using a 'pinch grip' with one hand while typing with the other. The forces exerted by the thumb required to counteract the cantilevered mass of the tablet, coupled with the downward pressure from typing with the opposite hand, are quite significant. An alternate means of supporting the tablet is preferred over using the 'pinch grip'," explained Dr. West.

My iPad is in a case when I use it most of the time, anyone having problems with pinch gripping their iPads?

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