If your office hours are the regular 9 to 5, you and your employees likely sit in front of your computer for up to 7 hours in total. If proper precautions are not followed, computer elbow can suddenly sneak up and make even the simplest movements too painful to bear. Let the information below teach you about computer elbow and how you and your employees can manage it.
What is computer elbow?
Similar to tennis elbow, computer elbow is an injury that results from repetitive stress. Whenever muscles and tendons are used over and over again without relaxing, they can suffer from tiny tears, which is the cause of the pain. People who type away at their computer for hours are at risk of computer elbow, so if you or any of your employees start to feel pain in that area of the body, it’s important to acknowledge it immediately so it can be treated at an occupational therapy company as soon as possible.
Identifying the location of the pain
Computer elbow can affect the muscles and tendons of the outer elbow (called the lateral epicondyle) or the inner elbow (called the medial epicondylitis). Though you may often feel the pain in these areas, the location of the problem is actually at the wrist. More specifically, the wrist extensor muscles. Computer elbow can occur if the wrist extensor muscles are overworked to the point of inflammation.
Identifying the cause of the pain
Tennis was the first physical activity that shone a light to this type of injury. Those who played tennis repeatedly often strained the muscles and tendons in the arm, leading to the condition. Eventually, people learned that such strains can occur in other activities as well, thus the terms such as golfer’s elbow and computer elbow were born.
That said, elbow pain and injury can also occur in other activities such as lifting, working out, and other sports. It is important to evaluate how you are using your arms so you can make adjustments to your positioning and posture to prevent elbow pain in the future.
What to do in case of elbow pain
Rest, stretching, and heat or ice can give tiny tears in the muscles and tendons some time to recover. If symptoms persist, head to a nearby physical and occupational therapy facility such as U.S. HealthWorks to receive better recommendations for treatment and pain management.
(Tennis Elbow, WebMD.com)
(What You Can Do Right Now about Your Elbow Pain, Athletico.com)