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,



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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Aug 16, 2010
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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,



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.

Jan 13, 2017
RSI problem with chest, shoulder, forearm
by: Francesco

3 months ago, I was at the gym. I was doing the cobra exercise (a yoga position) when I felt a small sting in my left shoulder and within a few minutes, my arms became sore quickly.

After a few days of rest, everything was back to normal. However, since then, every time I do any (light) exercise (without pain during the exercise), in the space of one hour or two I feel in my upper body a lot of contractures that over time become more and more painful (my chest, both my shoulders, both my arms and forearms).

The result is that now I feel pain in:
• my wrists (the side of the palm)
• my chest and under the collarbones (burning sensation, particularly when touched)
• my upper body, I feel a lot of contractures, sometimes extending to my shoulders, to my back (even the right buttock), as well as to my arms and to my forearms
• on my left shoulder, I have an hot spot on the posterior deltoid (often, when a colleague gives me a pat on the left shoulder, I have 30 minutes of stiffness and discomfort on the left shoulder and left armpit).

I would buy one of your ebooks and start with the care protocol, but I don’t know exactly what I have to buy. I would appreciate if you could give me some advice in terms of the most suitable ebook for my issues.

Now, I am currently doing:

• ice dips with my wrist and forearms
• some massage with lacrosse ball on my back and forearms

I have noticed that using the ball has some positive results, but they do not last long.

If I do any light stretching or any pushup, my muscles become immediately tight (cancelling the job done to relax the muscles).

For example, if I make the doorway stretching, my chest improve, but the pain and the stiffness move to other muscle (e.g. on the trapezium).

In addition to this, I had check-ups with an orthopedic and a rehabilitation physician (physiatrist), but they couldn’t find any problem in my shoulder (the physician pulled/pushed my arms and shoulders quite strongly, but in that moment he couldn’t find any stiffness nor I felt any pain).

Obviously, as an IT consultant, I need to recover quickly, at least my wrists have to improve in order to be able to work normally.

What do I have to do to start with the recovery? Do you have some advice for me?

Thank you

PS: sorry for my English, I’m not a native speaker.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Francesco.

Your English is very good, no worries.

I would go with the Reversing Shoulder Tendonitis program.


While your forearms could use some work, it looks like your shoulder ecology is the priority.

Poor posture from computer use puts them in 'bad' situation, lack of nutrition means nothing is working right (and can't respond appropriately to whatever self care you do), and that is translating into overall and increasing tightness (which makes things worse in multiple ways) in the shoulder, back, and down the arm.

Also, everything you learn in the program can be applied to the forearms for the wrist symptoms (and you're already ice dipping, which is smart).

Jan 26, 2017
Next steps
by: Francesco

Hi Joshua, thanks for your suggestion.

So, I got the ebook for shoulder tendonitis.
I'll start right now to study.

Meanwhile, do you have any suggestions to get started?

Thanks a lot


Joshua Comments:
Hi Francesco.

Step 1: Read the program.

Step 2: Get the nutrition in your home, and start on it.

Step 3. Get to work with the rest of the program.

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