ESports gain popularity but danger lurks

For the younger generation, eSports rock.

ESports? If you don’t know what they are, you will soon. Their popularity is skyrocketing. More than 200 million people are estimated to have watched or played eSports.

ESports are short for electronic sports, the competitive video gaming that enraptures young men and women. Dota 2 and League of Legends are among the most popular games.

But not all is well among eSports players. As participation rises, so do injuries to the hand and wrist. The required speed and movement of the mouse can exhaust a player’s dominant hand to the point of crippling pain after just one game session, health experts warn.

Regardless of how ergonomic the mice and keyboards may be, players are starting to drop out of eSports. Many officials involved are wondering whether eSports need to be reformed.

At Signature Medical Group, you don’t need to play eSports to get the best treatment for your hand and wrist injuries. Our orthopedic specialists and sports medicine experts are adept at caring for several troubling conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome.

We don’t limit our treatment to the wrist and hands. We also care for joints, bones and muscles in the knees, hips, back and shoulder. You can often see us the same day you make an appointment and we offer convenient hours at night and on weekends.

As eSports continue to demand more stressful movements, it will become vital for players to take a proactive approach to maintaining their own health.

Identifying motions that are the most painful will be helpful in limiting heavy wear and tear to the hand and wrist.

At Signature Medical Group, we’re happy to do our part in treating eSports injuries and other painful conditions you may have from repetitive stress. Make an appointment today to see one our orthopedic specialists.