Extended Use of Smartphone Technology Cause Repetitive Upper Limb and Related Stress-strain Injuries and it’s Impact on Home-isolation Covid-19 (Pandemic) Affected Population: Short Communication
Institute of Physiotherapy, Vydehi Institute of Physiotherapy, RGUHS, Bangalore, India
*Corresponding Author: Manashi Dey, Institute of Physiotherapy, Vydehi Institute of Physiotherapy, RGUHS, Bangalore, India.
February 14, 2022; Published: February 28, 2021
COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a devastating threat to humans primarily in terms of lifestyle, economy and health and, majorly affecting the mental health, posture, associated pains mainly upper body pain, low back pain or joint pains and accompanied with lethargy and high amount of exhaustion. Population, who were mild-moderate affected were asked to be bed rest with prophylactic treatment and on home-isolation, if affected severely, were admitted to hospital setting for antibiotic therapy. Set of people who were into home-isolation, however, due western society lifestyle behaviors like physical inactivity and sedentariness made them more inclined towards cellular technology. Due to this pandemic or otherwise this “smart-cellular technology” has made a strong hold in ourselves. The usage of smartphone technology has increased drastically during the national lockdown to keep themselves updated in terms of health information, education, socialization, banking solution, household remedies. With this usage of smartphone technologies came up “Text Claw”, Blackberry Thumb or WhatsAppitis or “prolonged-phone-posture” leading to neck, elbow, wrist or finger referred or primary pain areas, further damaging any particular nerve or leading to syndrome like conditions. The usage of smartphone technology is greatly aggravated by the containment measures imposed to control the expansion of the pandemic.
Keywords: Musculoskeletal Disorders; COVID-19; Health; Muscle; Pain; Injury; Smartphone Technology; Home-isolation
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