My arms ache from constant computer usage. Any tips / recommendations?
April 4, 2014 12:10 PM Subscribe
I have a dull, constant pain mostly around my elbows and forearms. I'm entrenched in a technology lifestyle - I work with computers full-time, enjoy gaming in my free-time, and hold my phone up to my face in bed. The pain impacts many activities I deem valuable. How can I mitigate or prevent this pain without drastically altering my lifestyle? I understand you are not my doctor.
posted by WCF to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a software engineer. For most of the day, I am typing away on a computer or sitting at a desk. I play video games somewhat extensively in my free time.
The pain is enough to discourage me from pursuing my hobbies or even holding a phone/tablet to my face. It's not enough to lower my work productivity yet. I'm looking for ways to reduce or eliminate pain without drastically altering my lifestyle.
General answers are welcome, although I have a few specific questions:
1.) Is there a specific posture I should be aiming for at a desk to reduce pain on my arms? I sit on a chair with armrests for most of the day. As I type, my elbows rest on the armrests and my wrists are slightly above the desk.
2.) Can any products help me with this issue?
3.) I understand that seeking professional help is my best course of action. I intend to do this immediately. Is there a certain type of medical professional I should be looking for?
4.) Can anyone say what pain around the forearms/elbows could possibly indicate*? I do not have pain around my wrists or fingers, which is what I hear about most commonly from other frequent computer users.
*I am aware you are not my doctor and I will take any medical advice with a grain of salt. I intend to see a professional soon.