Does Fitbit Cause Joint Pain? Let’s Find Out!

Does Fitbit Cause Joint Pain

Fitbit trackers are great for every day workouts and keeping in touch with the vitals of your physical body. With any one of it on your hand and you can access loads of information about yourself. However, there is a price which has to be paid for this, and no it is not the one you would have to pay with actual money. While wearing Fitbit, it has been noticed by many people that they began to develop pain in different parts of their body - mostly the area near or around the joints.

Leading many to wonder are Fitbit trackers safe? Because as far as Fitbit is concerned there has never been an official word about it. Which leaves the room for explanation and question: does the Fitbit tracker harm our joints and cause the pain? Or can it do it if we keep wearing it for a long time?

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While Fitbit might not be the direct reason for a joint pain, if you are keeping the tracker on yourself for prolong period then it is possible that Fitbit can cause pain in joint area. So, take it off whenever you can.

Fitbit & Pain Factor

Like we mentioned in the start Fitbit has never stated anything about the pain around or near joint area. Yes, in the past they have addressed the concern regarding the greenlight and its affect on the human wrist, but none so far has been about this issue!

So is it true or not? Can Fitbit actually cause the pain in our joints?

Well, to answer this question we need to understand few things before, Fitbit is a health tracker which has to be worn or wrapped at some place on your body. While normally people wear their Fitbit on their hands, there is no limit to the way you can have your Fitbit on yourself. So, if for instance you are wearing your Fitbit around the neck as necklace then certainly it is not hard to imagine that any pain in the joint area in this case cannot be attributed to the Fitbit.

However, if your Fitbit is anywhere near the joint area, let’s say you have your Fitbit neatly wrapped around your wrist but little high. In this case a case can be made where Fitbit could be culprit. Keep in mind we have used the word ‘could be’ and not ‘ would be’ because there is case to be made.

Can Fitbit Harm Your Joints!

Honestly, it depends on your physical condition more than your Fitbit device. Because a) some people are quite sensitive and thus face issues when they have to wear smart gadgets for a long time. So, if you are one of those people then it won’t be fair to put all the blame on Fitbit and b) while Fitbit are safe to an extent – at times – not always the way Heart Rate and SPO2 is measured can leave some discomfort.

Once again it is important to note that while this may not happen with everyone, it does happen with some people. If I talk about myself only, whenever I use a device be it a smartwatch or smartphone which uses greenlight to measure heart rate, I am always left with this twinge of pain in my wrist.

Another aspect that I feel should not be ignored is that sometimes and for some people wearing a smartwatch or a health tracker 24/7 is not a great idea. There should be a limit and that limit should be enforced whenever you feel you are feeling discomfort. Then it doesn’t matter what kind of health tracker you have. Because even something as premium as an Apple Watch can be a culprit behind your pains.

“I Have Been Feeling Pain In My Arms?”

If however you are feeling pain in your joint area and you have been wearing Fitbit for sometime, we would recommend you that you stop doing that. You should take it off and see if your pain goes away, if it does then you can know for sure it was indeed Fitbit which was causing the issue.

Although, if that is still not the case then you should head for the doctor and also take off any (if there are others) smart gadget from your body. Sometimes having more than one smartwatch or any type of smart device closely wrapped to your body can be very discomforting.

Keep Keen Eye On Following!

Remember, joint pain should not be ignored, especially if it persists or worsens over time. Always prioritize your health and well-being, and seek professional medical advice if you have concerns about joint pain or any other health issues.

  • Review usage habits: Reflect on how you use the health tracker. Are you engaging in activities or exercises that might be exacerbating joint pain? Adjust your usage habits accordingly. For example, if you’re consistently pushing yourself beyond your physical limits, it might be causing strain on your joints.
  • Adjust device fit and settings: Ensure that your Fitbit or any other health tracker is properly fitted and adjusted. A device that is too tight or too loose can cause discomfort or exacerbate joint issues. Additionally, review the tracking settings to ensure they align with your fitness level and health goals.
  • Consider alternative activities: If certain activities tracked by your device consistently cause joint pain, consider alternative exercises or activities that are gentler on your joints. Low-impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, or yoga might be more suitable.
  • Focus on recovery and rest: Joint pain may indicate that your body needs more time to rest and recover. Incorporate adequate rest periods into your routine, and prioritize activities that promote joint health, such as stretching, foam rolling, or using heat or ice therapy as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not many but if you are sensitive or keep Fitbit on 24/7 then you should consider taking it off at times.

Once again, not many, but depending on your body and how it reacts there could be a few red flags.

Not really, but if you are feeling the pain, take it off.

Ezhan Javed

CMO At Chronoat

“What am I if not the words I write?” is something I’ve asked myself quite often. So, I feel it is my duty being CMO at Chronoat to not only write to inform but inspire.

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