Physical Therapy and Technology Related Injury

Technology related injury

Technology has provided new medical treatments, ways to communicate, and entertainment options, but it’s also taking a toll on the bodies of those who use it. Squinting at small screens, selfie-induced tennis elbow, and sitting hunched over computer keyboards, tablets, and video game systems are just some of the ways in which people are causing injury to themselves.

An increasing number of people are seeking physical therapy to relieve pain, tension and injuries involving the neck, shoulder and back, along with stress-related conditions that include migraines and TMJ pain.

Problems with the spine, wrists and palms of the hand are common among those who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games, using computers and talking on cell phones. “Trigger thumb” is the result of tightly gripping video game controllers and smartphones.

Carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries are occurring in individuals who text (texting thumb), use keyboards, play video games and take a lot of selfies (selfie elbow). It causes injury to muscles, nerves and tendons that produce pain, tingling and numbness.

Individuals who spend a lot of time on their cellphones or who are sensitive to electromagnetic fields are experiencing tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ear. On the opposite end of the spectrum are people who wear headphones to block out noise pollution, only to suffer injuries from walking into traffic.

Getting Physical With Tech

The popular names of the injuries may change, but the established treatments of physical therapy can treat, correct and heal all the injuries that technology engenders. Physical therapy treatments are effective for:

  • Relieving pain
  • Aligning the spine and neck
  • Improving posture
  • Relaxing tensed muscles
  • Relieving pressure on the neurological system
  • Addressing migraines and TMJ pain
  • Avoiding surgery

The flashing lights and movements of video games can also produce seizures in those who are susceptible. It’s known as photosensitive epilepsy and can occur when people are exposed to the flickering, bright lights and movement patterns of video games. Strobe lights at clubs and the lights of emergency vehicles can also trigger an episode.

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is occurring in people who use computers more than two hours per day, resulting in headaches, dry eyes and blurred vision. People who play video games designed to encourage people to exercise and dance are experiencing strains and sprains from the unaccustomed movements.

Established in 1992, Hands-On Care Physical Therapy and our sister company, PhysioCare Physical Therapy, are the leading authorities in the areas of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. With state-of-the-art facilities and highly specialized Physical Therapy Professionals, we offer your answers to today’s health problems. 

We practice Hands-On therapies that we have developed through continuous research studies. The different physical therapy modalities, such as Electrotherapy, Ultrasound, Hydrocollator, etc., are only a small portion of the physical therapy care a patient receives in our offices. We emphasize on: Hands-On, Manual Therapy, Trigger Point, Myofascial Therapy, Manipulation, Expert Guidance and Individualized Exercises that the physical therapist provides in one-to-one sessions.