`Blackberry thumb`, a severe health hazard

If you`re sending lots of text messages, you may have the trendiest new malady `BlackBerry thumb`.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 13:16 PM IST

Do your thumbs hurt? Well, if you`re sending lots of text messages, you may have the trendiest new malady `BlackBerry thumb`.
`BlackBerry thumb` is the name given to a repetitive strain injury caused by overusing mobile phones to send emails and texts.

The condition is so common that one law firm believes employers can expect a series of lawsuits from staff claiming compensation.

"If no one knows about the risks involved, they won`t sue, but more and more people are becoming aware of health hazards in the workplace," The Telegraph quoted Karen Jackson, co-founder of the solicitors and Roberts Jackson of Wilmslow, Cheshire, as saying.

`BlackBerry thumb` is the overuse of a mobile phone for work purposes and we envisage potential work in this area as more people are using their handsets when they`re on the move, which is leading to repetitive strain injury.

"A lot of people displaying symptoms associated with repetitive strain injury do not realise they are work-related, but the number with symptoms is increasing."

ANI