Hand Health Problems in the Age of Gaming
Many gamers don’t realize exactly how much damage can result from hours and hours of non-stop gameplay. While individuals who are at least 30 years old are more susceptible to hand and wrist complications, younger people who are passionate about gaming can also be at risk. Whether you prefer gaming with a controller on a console or with your mouse and keyboard on a PC, your gaming hobby could be contributing to severe finger, hand, or wrist discomfort. Fortunately, we have several carpal tunnel treatment centers in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties in PA, as well as Cherry Hill, Mays Landing, and Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
How Can Gaming Cause Hand and Wrist Pain?
PC and other console gamers who perform a high rate of Actions Per Minute (APM) have less cases of shoulder, neck and back strain since they’re sitting in a desk chair or gaming chair. But because they’re tapping the keyboard, moving their mouse quickly, or handling a controller, they have higher incidences of hand and wrist-overuse injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis — a condition more commonly known as “gamer’s thumb”.
Ergonomic Solutions for Hand and Wrist Pain
If you are a passionate gamer who refuses to give up or slow down, you probably don’t have to — but you still may need to make some minor adjustments to your playing area and invest in some gear that will allow you to game for extended periods more comfortably. If you believe you’ve tried each of the tips in the infographic below and still feel pain, you may want to consult a hand surgeon to discuss if you are a candidate for surgery.
Find Lasting Relief at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center
Whether you are a gamer or a grandmother — or both — our experienced surgeons in South Jersey, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Chester County, including Paoli, can provide lasting treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other gaming-related conditions. Call us today to learn more about your options, or to schedule a consultation.