ANATOMY OF THE HAND
Your hand has a complex structure that is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The muscles in your hand are responsible for moving your fingers and thumb. The tendons connect your muscles to your bones making them able to move. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect your bones together. They provide support and stability to protect from injury.
CAUSE AND REASON OF GAMER’S THUMB
Gamer’s Thumb is caused by repetitive stress on your thumb and wrist making the tendons inflamed with overuse. This can happen when you’re playing for long periods of time, using a mouse or keyboard that requires a lot of thumb movement. The risk of developing Gamer’s Thumb increases a lot if you are gripping your mouse too tightly, or your wrist is bent at an awkward angle
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GAMER’S THUMB
Before the condition turns into a real injury, your body often show signs or symptoms that can help you identify what is wrong.
The signs and symptoms of Gamer’s Thumb can include:
- You may feel discomfort or soreness on the lateral side of your wrist or thumb which is closer to your forearm.
- Your wrist or thumb may appear swollen, red, or feel warm to the touch.
- You may have trouble moving your thumb or wrist, or they may feel stiff or achy.
- You may experience a sensation of pins and needles, or your thumb or fingers may feel numb.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to give your hands some rest and give attention to finding a possible solution. Ignoring the symptoms of Gamer’s Thumb can lead to further complications and potentially long-term damage.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF GAMER’S THUMB
Preventing Gamer’s Thumb starts with good hands and wrists posture and taking regular breaks from gaming to rest and recover. This will limit the repetitive thumb and wrist movements that cause stress on your thumb and wrist. You should also use ergonomic equipment that reduces strain on your hands and fingers.
If you do develop Gamer’s Thumb, the first step is to rest your hands and avoid any activity that make your symptoms worse. Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation. When possible you should start building strength and capacity in your hands and wrists. It’s always best to consult with a professional to find what treatment fits your needs.