tennis -> elbow pain -> mouse clicking -> more elbow pain

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  1. ramseszerg

    ramseszerg Professional

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    Ok, so I got elbow pain from some bad technique and poly strings at high tensions. What's past is past. I'm a student though and my school work involves alot of work on my laptop, so I have to use the mouse alot. And this is worsening the problem. And I can't get the proper ergonomic position with my elbow to my side and at 90 degree angle because my armrest on my chair is lower than my desk. What to do?
     
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  2. thejackal

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    use the mouse left-handed (if you're rh
     
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  3. ramseszerg

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    lol Thanks.. I tried that but then went back cuz it wasn't comfortable, but you just gave me more motivation to go back again.
     
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  4. ramseszerg

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    I put the mousepad on my left and I'm finding myself using the touchpad with my right hand lol.. even though I disabled it now. haha wow again to post this msg my right hand went to the touchpad lol!
     
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  5. Supernatural_Serve

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    Do you have a spare pillow? Rest it on or tape it to your chair armrest.
     
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  6. ramseszerg

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    That doesn't work because my seat would have to be raised too. Trying to get used to clicking with my left hand. This better improve my twohanded backhand coordination. (thats how I look at the bright side of this lol)
     
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  7. FuriousYellow

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    When I had TE, I switched to an Evoluent Sideways mouse. It keeps your hand/wrist in its' natural position which is sideways and relieves muscle tension in your forearm.
     
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  8. ramseszerg

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    Any tips on how to not unconsciously stretch your arm? ...

    or also unconsciously taking a swing with your arm while watching tennis videos and thus hurting my arm more... lol..
     
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  9. Leelord337

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    ouch, u reached my # for your posts #337, :). I just hurt my elbow today using the yonex rqis 001 racket today. It was a demo. so...I feel your pain
     
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  10. Martingale

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    Use your left hand for both mouse and keyboard. You will get used to it, but keyboarding with one hand stinks. And NEVER rest your arm on a pillow or pad, since then you must bend your wrist upward to type. You must be seated in a way that the arm is hanging loosely, the hand is not bent and you touch the keyboard slightly from above it when the wrist is not bent upwards. Do NOT bend your wrist upwards ever (if you indeed have tennis elbow, not golfer's elbow).
     
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  11. Leelord337

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    or you can buy one of those microsoft comfort mouses that seem to mold to your hand. you barely move your fingers at all to click. its so comfortable.

    it looks like this:
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  12. Racer41c

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    Use an Optical Wireless Mouse. The touch pad is a bad bad thing for your wrist/arm.

    In fact, computers are just bad for your tennis game. My arm always hurts from friggin mousing. :evil:
     
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  13. obow

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    I've been using the left-hand for mouse for the past 8 years, and if I squeeze the elbow area of my left arm I could feel some pain as well.
     
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  14. siata94

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    I've just developed TE for the first time after decades of playing tennis.
    I was already using a very flexible racket with low tension
    (plain synth gut at 50 lbs) when I got injured. First 3 weeks I could not pick up a small cup of Starbucks.

    Anyway, right after the injury about 5 or 6 weeks ago, I tossed my Evoluent mouse which I've been using for about 2+ years. My guess is that the Evoluent mouse had my wrist slightly cocked back (like about to hit a forehand) and the forearm muscle got tensed from prolonged use. Perhaps it had contributed to the injury. Maybe/maybe not but it was bothering me even before the injury and I've been meaning to toss it already. My co-worker also tossed his due to forearm issues (he does not play tennis) with it and he's the one that recommended it to me initially.

    My guess is that no matter which mouse we use, it ends up being repetitive movement anyway. I now use the mouse w/ the left hand. Altho clumsily, only wish I could swing w/ my left hand as easily.
     
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