December 22nd, 2010
During this busy holiday season, many employees throughout the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies take their work out of the office and into their own hands—literally. The use of modern connectivity devices such as PDAs, smart phones and other mobile devices allow employees at any company to easily stay connected to work commitments when away from their desk. While this offers the flexibility to work remotely, employees should be careful that this added connectivity does not interfere with spending quality time with family and friends. Additionally, with the increase in mobile emailing and typing on tiny keyboards comes a health concern many people have yet to consider…“PDA Pain.”
“PDA Pain” is a form of repetitive stress injury (RSI) caused by overusing the thumb, or thumbs, and straining the digit through continuous pressing on the mobile device keyboard. While most people use their thumb(s) to type texts or emails, the thumb does not have as much dexterity as its longer and leaner counterparts. In fact, the thumb was designed more so as a “pinch and grip” stabilizer (think about how you press your thumb and index finger together to pick up a pen) than a typing tool.