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Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities Due to Extensive Usage of Hand Held Devices

Overview of attention for article published in Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, August 2014
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Title
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities Due to Extensive Usage of Hand Held Devices
Published in
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, August 2014
DOI 10.1186/s40557-014-0022-3
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Authors

Deepak Sharan, Mathankumar Mohandoss, Rameshkumar Ranganathan, Jeena Jose

Abstract

The use of hand held devices (HHD) such as mobile phones, game controls, tablets, portable media players and personal digital assistants have increased dramatically in past decade. While sending a text message or using the controls of the HHD the users need to use their thumb and other palm muscles extensively. The objective of this study was to describe the risk factors and clinical features of the musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) arising due to usage of hand held devices and to evaluate the effectiveness of a sequenced rehabilitation protocol. A retrospective report analysis of 70 subjects, who were diagnosed to have a MSD affecting the upper extremities, was conducted. Medical charts from a tertiary level rehabilitation centre from 2005-2013 were analysed. All the subjects reported pain in their upper extremities following extensive usage of HHD and were examined and diagnosed to have a MSD by an orthopaedic and rehabilitation physician. After the assessment and diagnosis, all the patients underwent rehabilitation using a sequenced protocol. All the subjects reported pain in the thumb and forearm with associated burning, numbness and tingling around the thenar aspect of the hand, and stiffness of wrist and hand. 43 subjects had symptoms on the right side; 9 on left and 18 had bilateral symptoms. Correlation was found between hand dominance and MSD. 33 subjects complained of onset of symptoms following extensive text messaging. All the subjects were diagnosed to have tendinosis of Extensor Pollicis Longus and Myofascial Pain Syndrome affecting the 1st interossei, thenar group of muscles and Extensor Digitorum Communis. 23 of the subjects were senior executives, among these 7 were CEO's of major multinational companies in India. All the subjects recovered completely following the rehabilitation. The study concluded that mobile phones and gadgets that promoted the predominant usage of thumb or only one finger while texting or using the controls were associated with a higher prevalence of MSDs. Treatment using a sequenced rehabilitation protocol was found to be effective.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Netherlands 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 162 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 36 22%
Student > Master 25 15%
Student > Postgraduate 13 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 7%
Other 19 12%
Unknown 48 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 41 25%
Nursing and Health Professions 23 14%
Engineering 8 5%
Environmental Science 8 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 4%
Other 25 15%
Unknown 53 32%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 149. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 April 2022.
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#229,673
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#2
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#1
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