Aureus Medical Group talks travel physical therapy and video game ergonomics

Omaha, NE (January 5, 2015) - More than 1.2 billion people play video games worldwide, according to a report by Spil Games. Travel physical therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, sheds some light on video gaming and how to avoid common injuries.

As travel physical therapy professionals know, playing video games often entails hours spent staring at a screen and working your thumbs on a controller or keyboard. From a PT standpoint, the sedentary position and fine motor repetition can become rather problematic.

While video games' primary demographics generally include teens and young adults, gaming has become increasingly mainstream, crossing age and gender barriers. Travel PT professionals who play video games should be sure to limit the time spent in front of the screen and explain to gamers the potential injuries that can arise.

Common injuries

Whether sitting in front of a TV, computer, tablet or other device, many video games overwork the thumbs and fingers. Take a look at a few of the injuries resulting from video gaming:

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome, also dubbed gamer's thumb, Nintendoitis, and Nintendo thumb, is one of the most common injuries among gamers. The condition occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist, causing a piercing pain in the wrist and arm. Those on travel physical therapy assignments understand that the median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and all fingers except the pinky. The cause of the aggravation may stem from a host of repetitive actions such as holding your hand at an odd angle over the keyboard to press the movement keys, constantly pressing the "fire button" on the controller with your thumb or using a standard PC mouse during extended game play. 

Carpal tunnel is not only triggered by gaming either. Many workers who sit at a computer typing for long periods throughout the day may deal with this condition too. Physical therapists will recommend performing stretching exercises, taking frequent rest breaks, and using correct posture and wrist position. Wearing fingerless gloves can aid in keeping hands warm and flexible.

Read the full article for more on video game ergonomics.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.