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Gadget-Related Injuries

A battalion of scantily clad gladiators couldn't drag you away from your favorite tech toys. But all that button-pushing, controller-swinging, and cell-phone blabbing can lead to an array of cramps, muscle pulls, and -- yech -- bact-ear-ia. Still, your precious gadgets don't have to leave you laid up -- some tips about tech safety and a few tweaks to your technique can help you avoid the woes of being wired.

BlackBerry Thumb

"Repetitively stretching your thumb to reach the keys can cause inflammation and pain," says Stacey Doyon, president of the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Prevent it: Hold your CrackBerry in both hands. (Use the stylus only in short bursts; Doyon says that gripping it for a long time is begging for a cramp.) Take a break every hour to stretch all your fingers as wide as you can. If your thumb starts to ache, ice it for 10 to 20 minutes once a day.

Bluetooth Ear

Looking like a corporate tool isn't the only risk in sporting a wireless headset. "These devices can pick up fungus or bacteria," says James Hall, Ph.D., clinical professor of audiology at the University of Florida. "And your warm, moist ear provides perfect growing conditions." Sealing the canal can also cause wax to accumulate, leading to temporary hearing loss.

Prevent it: Anything going inside your ear needs to be kept clean -- swabbing the earpiece with alcohol once a day is a good start. Switch ears every hour to curb bacteria-friendly moisture and prevent wax buildup.

Wii-itis

Acing faux tennis serves can lead to real-life sports injuries. Last year, Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya missed three games of the American League Championship Series because his arm became inflamed from shredding too many Guitar Hero solos. "If you overuse the muscles and tendons surrounding a nerve, it compresses it and causes pain," says S. Ausim Azizi, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology at Temple University School of Medicine.

Prevent it: Think moderation -- an hour of virtual bowling a day is plenty. (If you must play longer, take 10-minute breaks every hour and stretch the muscles you're using most.) And, hey, consider a real tennis lesson -- it would get you out of the house.

Cell Phone Elbow

If your phone is perpetually glued to your ear, it leaves your elbow in a constantly flexed position. "This cuts off the blood and oxygen supply to the ulnar nerve, which can lead to numbness in the little finger and a weaker grip," Dr. Azizi says.

Prevent it: Change hands every 5 minutes to keep blood and oxygen flowing. Don't rest your bent elbow on a table or other surface -- it could further damage the nerve.
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