Texting can lead to serious hand injuries - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/10

Texting can lead to serious hand injuries

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By Karin McCay | email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Here's something you might want to share with your kids.  Annie Levitz, a 16-year-old, learned a hard lesson about texting, not texting and driving, just texting.  She was sending about a 100 texts every day, which for a lot of young people today may not even sound like that much, but for Annie, her texting has taken the blame for a new diagnosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

"Now I realize it was so pointless, but at the time it seemed necessary," said Annie Levitz, texting blamed for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  "My hands just started to go numb a lot and I would be grabbing things and they would just fall right out of my hands."

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a pain that can become so severe that it hurts to use your hands at all.  Cortisone shots and braces can help alleviated some of the pain, but for many, the ultimate fix is surgery.

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