"Texting thumb" refers to a repetitive strain injury that occurs with repetitive use of your thumb, most often your dominate hand. In texting thumb, you often feel the pain when you turn or flex your wrist or when you make a fist or grab something. If left untreated, the tendon sheath of that thumb can become inflamed in a condition known as de Quervain's tenosynovitis.
Occupational Therapy can help!
Try these first, and consider OT if problems still persist. To nix text thumb:
- Stop texting. Try to break the habit of long hours of texting.
- Ice your thumb. Do not apply ice directly on the skin. Rather use a commercial or homemade ice pack. Icing should be done for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Change the texting finger. Even if it is just one or two days, texting with an alternate finger can give your thumb the rest it needs to heal.