Wrist Tendonitis And Tennis Elbow RSI - Getting Worse

by Trevor
(Calgary, Canada)

I sit at a desk for a large part of the day and use computer programs that require intense periods of activity involving moving the mouse around and clicking.

I have found in the past few months, due to an unusually busy time, the back of my right forearm has started to ache. It is much worse after work and is almost gone after a non-computer long weekend.

Lately I have also been experiencing pain in my elbow and shoulder even when not using the computer.

I have re-arranged my desktop to make the keyboard and mouse lower but lately, when not busy, I just use my left hand to operate the mouse on my left side just to give the right side a rest.

I am a strong swimmer and swim every other day. I can't say I feel better or worse for swimming but I need the exercise for my mental sanity and would not want to cut it out. I also am very active generally especially with my young daughter.

So what's best for me? An arm brace? some stretches? ice? not using my right arm?. I guess I should go to a Physio but I haven't had the time.

Thanks for any advice,

Trevor



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Joshua Answers:


Hi Trevor.

1. Here's some good thoughts on ergonomics.


2. Makes sense, that it's shoulder to wrist, for a variety of predictable reasons. That's just how Tendonitis works.

Swimming is good. Start doing a lot of backstroke. Plenty to say there, but start doing more backstroke (I'm assuming that you don't.


3. Not using your right arm really isn't an option...I like the 'Let's fix it' option.


4. How do you fix it?

A. Get The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works and the ebook that comes with it.

B. More backstroke.

C. Read the above ergonomics page.




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by: Trevor

Thank you very much for your advice. The ice dipping really helped relieve the pain. The suggestion to do more back crawl is reasonable but was not practical in the disorganized public lane swimming atmosphere. I try to do some when I can. I visited a Physio at a Sports Med clinic. She gave some massage, some stretches to do, some acupuncture and ended with an alternating cold then warm water soak. This helped similar to your ice dip. So with your helpful advice and the other Physio's advice and my own attention to following the advice, I could minimize the pain but not prevent it from re-ocurring. In the end I did extensive research into ergonomic mice (since this was the definite source of my misery) and purchased the one that seemed the best. It is called the Handshoe Mouse from Hippus (a Dutch company). It is not cheap but it takes all the strain off my hand and, so far, it keeps the pain from returning. I will keep up with the program (stretches, posture and exercise) but I think this combo solution is the answer to my problem and hopefully other's as well.

All the best and thank a ton,

Trevor


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Joshua Comments:

Great. Do keep up with the self care.

Also, you may want to A. Switch the hand you moust with from right to left once a week, or every other day, or whatever, and B. Switch from the new good mouse to the old bad mouse.

The body likes to be constantly adapting to change. See my thoughts on New Ergonomics.




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