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Good Question: What are the consequences of texting too much?


Believe it or not over two billion text messages are sent each day.

Just recently Kentucky passed a law banning texting while driving.

Good Question: Rachel in Owingsville writes: What are the consequences of texting too much?

Most all of us are guilty of doing it too much, texting!

While we peck away sending that latest message, it can be doing more harm than we know.

The same holds true for children like five year old Zach, its often hard to pry him away from his Nintendo DS.

"We're starting to see more injuries more frequently in younger kids from what they used to refer to as Video Gamer's thumb, then it became known as Nintendo Thumb, now its known as Texting Thumb," says Charlie Workman a Lexington physical therapist.

While the thumb and other fingers can see the most strain from all that repetitive motion, Workman a physical therapist at Cardinal Hill says there are other areas of the body that can suffer.

"There's pain and swelling in the palm of the hand, but we also see postural changes as these children sit for prolonged periods of time," said Workman.

More and more Workman says he's treating children like Zach.

He works with them on grip and making sure they are sitting properly, things that if not corrected now could, Workman says cause big problems later.

"Having those problems earlier in life can be really painful and really decrease your enjoyment of life and just the ability to do the things you want to do."

That doesn't sound worth it, just to send the next text message.

Workman says to try and limit your child's time to 30 minutes of playing video games and watch the amount they text.

Tips, he says that can also apply to adults as well.


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