While computers are great for completing more (if not all) daily activities, they, unfortunately, can lead to some health issues. One of those being, Mouse Shoulder. And no, that doesn’t mean you have Disney’s Mickey on your shoulder. You may be wondering, how do I know if I have it? Below are some common questions our patients ask about Mouse Shoulder symptoms.
What Is Mouse Shoulder?
In layman’s terms, Mouse Shoulder is a condition caused by using the computer without proper arm support. In medical terms, it’s considered a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The repetitive motions when using the computer can lead to shoulder, back, or neck pain. There isn’t a way to lessen the use of computers, you can treat your pain and discomfort.
What Are The Symptoms of Mouse Shoulder?
Some symptoms of Mouse Shoulder may include:
- Pain in the shoulder while using the computer mouse
- A pain extending throughout the arm, all the way to your hands
- Tightness stemming from your upper back or shoulders
- A weak feeling in your hand
- Numbness or tingling in your hand
If you suffer from any of theses symptoms, see a chiropractor or physical therapist to end the pain altogether.
How Do You Sleep With Mouse Shoulder?
If you have Mouse Shoulder or any shoulder pain for that matter, sleep in these positions to avoid more pain:
- On your back to keep your shoulders in alignment
- Sleep on the side opposite of the sore shoulder. If you still experience pain, place a small pillow or rolled up towel under the arm the affected arm.
How Can I Fix Mouse Shoulder?
If you’re looking for simple ways to relieve Mouse Shoulder, try some of these remedies:
- Try taking short breaks throughout the workday between tasks. For example, take a brief walk around the office or talk to a co-worker instead of emailing them.
- Try doing some shoulder rolls
- Place your mouse in a location where you don’t have to reach for it
- Switch to a Trackball Marble Mouse
- Make sure your wrist is in a neutral position
- Hold your mouse lightly while working
- Set up an Ergonomic workspace
What Are Treatments for Mouse Shoulder?
There are various methods and techniques that can relieve Mouse Shoulder. Some of these include:
- Chiropractic Adjustment
- Adjustments can be done either manually or with the help of an instrument. Depending on the location, the method may vary. These areas include:
- The Thoracic or upper back or shoulder blades
- Costovertebral or rib cage
- Lower Cervical or back of the neck
- Glenohumeralor the joints located in your arms
- Physical Therapy
- Physical therapy helps strengthen the weak muscles and build endurance in the shoulder. Exercises increase the mobility of the affected joint and improve the balance of your muscles.
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Hands-on pressure to the affected muscle tissue will help decrease shoulder pain.
- Massage Techniques
- Massage techniques, like Active Release Technique, help reduce pain symptoms while improving range of motion, strength, and stability.
- Graston Technique
- The Graston Technique uses specialized instruments to move and stimulate the soft tissue. This promotes pain relief, mobility, and increased balance in the shoulder.
If you find yourself in pain while using the computer at work, it may be time to seek treatment. Make an appointment or call at (212) 310-0100 with our chiropractor in New York City at Manhattan Sports Therapy.