As covid-19 has us all quarantined, do you often find yourself glued to your smartphone for hours? In this testing time when going out is not an option, our smartphone has become the only portal to the outside world. Needless to say, too much of anything is bad. It’s time we address our smartphone addiction especially during this time of self-isolation.
This smartphone addiction has managed to raise its own set of health hazards. There have been an increasing number of smartphone users who complain about developing a deformity in their ‘pinky finger’.
Dr Sachin Bhonsle, senior consultant, orthopedic Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Mulund says that the ‘pinky finger’ syndrome is a condition where the little finger bears the weight of the heavy smartphone for hours leading to a painful syndrome.
With the increased usage of bigger and wider screen smartphones, the multiple messages or emails types causes the thumb and two other fingers to be excessively-used.
He added that, through these repetitive movements, hypermobility of the small joints in the fingers occurs while the ligaments around the thumb slowly become stressed.
“Looking at this long term, over-use of the fingers causes stress in a repetitive manner and can further lead to osteoarthritis, as the cartilage between the joints begins to degenerate. When arthritis sets in the fingers, there is a possibility of excess bone formation around the joints, which can then lead to enlargement or deformation of the finger,” Dr Bhonsle explains.
While this isn’t seriously injurious to health, it does impact and influence the degenerative change on joints. Some of the other factors include: diet, family history and underlying health conditions.
Here are a few tips that Dr Bhonsle suggests to keep away from the ‘smartphone pinky’ :
It’s time you act responsibly while using your smartphone and bring down the stress on the joints and tendons of the hands. In these testing times, along with maintaining sanitization we must take care of our hand health.
(With inputs from IANS)