Community Education: Orthopedic Imaging Modalities; X-ray, CT, & MRI and their role in diagnosis

Join Karolyn Senica, MD for a discussion about orthopedic imaging, including:

  • An overview of the various imaging modalities used in orthopedics
  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various imaging modalities
  • Review the basic principles of how these modalities are obtained
  • Understanding the best imaging modalities for common orthopedic conditions
  • Review safety considerations for the various modalities

Wednesday, March 22nd
6-7 p.m.

Orthopedic Center of Illinois
1301 S. Koke Mill Rd, Springfield

To register call (217)547-9100

Gamer’s thumb? Get up, get out, get moving to avoid repetitive stress injuries

From  (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

With the abundance of new technology in today’s society, many kids are overusing gaming consoles, smart phones and computers, leading to hand and spine problems that cause pain and limit function.

One of the most common conditions related to excessive video game use is De Quervain’s tendinosis, an inflammation of the tendons that connect the wrist to the thumb. More informally called “gamer’s thumb,” the injury is caused by the rapid, repetitive thumb movement associated with electronic game play.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends that parents monitor the amount of time that kids spend using electronics and encourage them to participate in activities that keeps them fit and healthy.

Forcefully pounding a game controller or computer mouse for hours can cause inflammation of the tendons of the hand, as well as neck and back pain. Parents can identify signs of “gamer’s thumb” if a child complains about pain or locking and clicking in thumb. To help reduce the risk of kids having this condition, limit their daily gaming to two hours or less.

Tips to minimize electronics usage and injury risk:

  • Take breaks from gaming: Expand your hobbies. Consider playing a sport or walking to the park. If you cannot stop voluntarily, put a program on your computer that will force you to take a break or set an alarm to alert you when it’s time to stop.
  • Use good posture. Spending hours slouching on the couch or in front of a computer, gaming can lead to back, neck or arm pains.
  • Get some exercise. Upper body and core strength helps with posture, reducing low back complaints and takes the strain off the smaller hand and arm muscles. Kids can achieve this by participating in activities such as running, biking, or swimming.
    • Children should have at least 35 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. Without it, they can also miss their chance to build the strong bones they will need later in life.
  • Stop gaming if you are getting pain. Do not continue to game if you are experiencing pain.
  • Stretch your thumb during your breaks.
    • Hold your hand out, palm facing you. Gently bend the tip of your thumb down toward the base of your index finger. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
    • With palm on table, lift thumb up. Hold 10 seconds. Relax and lower thumb. Repeat 10 times.