Are you playing a lot of Match-3 games? Like every day of the week? Is it Candy Crush? If the answer to all previous questions is ‘Yes’, then you might want to know that you may already suffer from ruptured tendons or will do so in the near future!
” A 29-year-old, right hand–dominant man presented with chronic left thumb pain and loss of active motion from playing a Match-3 puzzle video game on his smartphone all day for 6 to 8 weeks. On physical examination, the left extensor pollicis longus tendon was not palpable, and no tendon motion was noted with wrist tenodesis.” the observations from JAMA state.
Ouch! that must have hurt. But wait, it didn’t? The physicians stated in their conclusions and observations that the more he played, the less pain he suffered. What?
“Future research should consider whether pain reduction is a reason some individuals play video games excessively, manifest addiction, or sustain injuries associated with video gaming.”
So if you got your thumb ruptured by the mobile game named Candy Crush, then it’s safe to say that the medical condition can be called ‘Candy Crush Thumb?’. Well, according to a report, that’s what people are calling it now.
This is a scary thing to consider. How about you, are you playing a lot of puzzle games on your smartphone and do you feel any pain (or don’t feel anything at all)?