Friday, November 10, 2006

Growth of PDA injuries a concern for companies

Blackberry Thumb has leagal and therapy implications ...

"Employment lawyers are warning companies they could face liability or workers' compensation claims related to employee injuries from personal digital assistants.

The American Physical Therapy Association in Alexandria, Va., and other occupational organizations warn that improper use and overuse of personal digital assistants (PDAs) can lead to hand throbbing, tendonitis and swelling, a condition known as BlackBerry Thumb, named after the popular PDA.

"If you develop full-blown symptoms, it's pretty severe," says Alan Hedge, an ergonomics professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "Employers can train people how to correctly hold and use the handheld device and encourage employees to write brief e-mails."

... Some hotels catering to business clients offer treatments for the problem. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers a special BlackBerry Balm Hand Massage that runs $80 for 30 minutes. A resort spokeswoman says the treatment has become very popular."    (Continued via USATODAY)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Blackberry Thumb - Ergonomics

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