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Travelers Rest, SC
A 33-year-old female asked:

could a data entry job cause arthritis in my neck? or pinched nerve? right shoulder has shooting pain at the end of the work day. both ache and stiff.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: You have to adjust the keyboard and screen positions to remove the stress from your neck. The job does not cause arthritis. This is a muscle strain issue.
Dr. Joseph Gregorace
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Myofascial Pain. This can be alleviated by massage, physical therapy modalities and trigger point injections. Consult with a physiatrist
Jun 15, 2013
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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This cannot be modified by injections and PT unless there are ergonomic changes at work
Jun 15, 2013
Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
General Practice 41 years experience
It could.: Stress related to the position and effort of the arms could reflect pain to the neck and shoulders. Innervation, muscle position and effort, blood circulation, joint movements are all potentially involved. Need to see an ocupational medicine doctor.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
No: You are 33. Arthritis is the culmination of age and weight-bearing stress. Data entry has not had that effect upon your spine—yet. Shooting pain? Yes, this could be related to posture or repetitive bending/twisting which serves to rupture disks. Avoid excessive flexion (chin to chest position). But if problematic and nsaids, tylenol, (acetaminophen) capsaicin, and exercise don't help, time to see your doc.

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