There is no doubt that our bodies were designed with a brilliance that defies description. However, I’m pretty sure that, when it comes to the development of the computer, the powers that be are slapping their foreheads saying, “I didn’t see THAT coming…” Prolonged times spent on the computer are clearly detrimental to our physical being.
Regardless of how good your ergonomic setup is, you were not designed for this. Headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain and wrist pain seem to come along in the box right next to the mouse and keyboard (in the box labeled “Do NOT open,” but you open anyway out of curiosity..).
Elbow pain, whether on the outside (lateral epicondylosis or tennis elbow) or the inside (medial epicondylosis or golfers’ / little leaguers’ elbow) can be a real bummer. Personally, I consider carpal tunnel as the opposite end of the same problem. Important to notice here is that I did not use the suffix “itis.” This is because this condition, like many others we deal with, are not actually a problem with inflamed tissues. Rather, it is a problem with the scar tissue that built up following an injury or overuse. Hence the suffix “osis,” meaning pathology of.
Luckily, there are a variety of ways that can effectively treat this condition.
- First and foremost is making sure your ergonomic setup is as close to ideal as possible.
- Soft tissue techniques like Graston or Fascial Manipulation can help greatly.
- Rehabilitation exercises with a Therabar called the Tyler twist.
Treatment in our office consists of a variety of techniques to treat this condition (check out our YouTube video here).
This particular study finds that soft tissue techniques used to treat elbow pain in computer users were effective at reducing pain (almost 80% improvement in 4 weeks), very much in line with what our office has experienced.