DOCTOR REPORTS INCREASING NUMBER OF CHILDREN SUFFER FROM CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME RELATED TO VIDEO GAMES

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a type of repetitive stress disorder (RSD) which was always regarded as an adult disorder. Today, however, more and more children are suffering from the problem according to Dr. Michael Woo-Ming of San Diego, California.

The culprit? “It’s the video games,” says Dr. Woo-Ming. “Hours upon hours of playing can lead to similar effects we see in patients who work with computers or type for a living.”

Dr. Woo-Ming has launched an extensive website dedicated to educating the public about carpal tunnel syndrome (www.carpal-tunnel-surgery.com). He suggests that parents should monitor their children for signs of carpal tunnel syndrome such as numbness and tingling of the hands.

Since early detection “is the key,” children exhibiting symptoms should be taken to their primary care physician immediately for an evaluation.

Dr. Woo-Ming’s website addresses both surgical and non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. He regards surgery as the “last option” which should only be used when exercise (strengthening and stretching), immobilization, and other non-invasive treatments fail.

Dr. Woo-Ming can be reached at rjnewmedia@gmail.com.        

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