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Repetitive Risks: Mommy Thumb and Bartender Elbow

Ok, so we’re a little late to this story, but as the proud mom of an infant measuring in the 90th percentile for height and weight, my interest was piqued when a friend asked if I’d heard about a condition known as Mommy thumb.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported of a rising number of women suffering from mommy thumb, formally known as De Quervain’s tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons below the thumb down to the wrist.

Factors such as heavier children, lower cribs, older new moms and frequent smartphone scrolling apparently are contributing to the increase in cases.

According to the WSJ:

Orthopedic surgeons estimate that between one-quarter and one-half of new mothers experience symptoms of De Quervain’s. When common pain relievers don’t ease the inflammation, patients are getting steroid injections, splints and even surgery.†

Moms are not the only ones suffering from repetitive strains. Over at Workers’ Comp Insider blog, the focus is on repetitive motion and musculoskeletal injuries among bartenders.

It cites a recent New York Times article that highlights the elbow, shoulder and wrist injuries being reported by modern day bartenders. The demand for shaken drinks has increased the stresses and strains they face.

Workers’ Comp Insider asks:

Is bartending the new frontier for injury prevention specialists? Judge for yourself next time you are socializing at a busy cocktail lounge over the holiday season.†

Bartenders are among a long list of professionals who are feeling the effects of repetitive motions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often referred to as ergonomic injuries, accounted for 28 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work in 2009.

Check out the impact of MSDs on different occupations and workers.