Health Watch — At-Home Vacation: PDA Pain

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how you can get all the mental and emotional benefits of a vacation even if high gas prices keep you from taking a trip. We talked about how important it is to your mental health to get away from your routine, and how it’s hard to get into the de-stressed, relaxed mindset if you’re expected to stay in touch with the office. There’s also a physical reason for not using all the available technology to stay in touch.

Dr. Kimberly Mezera, an orthopedic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says overusing a BlackBerry or other wireless communication device could cause pain. The thumbs aren’t designed for the scrolling action on a device. Although it’s a small movement, it could lead to bigger problems, such as tendonitis. Taking a break while you’re on vacation can ease the pain while easing stress.

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June 2008

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