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How can I reduce back, neck and wrist pain from computer, typing and desk work?

How can I reduce back, neck and wrist pain from computer, typing and desk work?

Stretch and Movement: Use good posture/ ergonomics when sitting at the desk performing work related activities. Regularly move your neck, shoulders, back and limbs through various positions as a quick range of motion exercise. Occasional stretches of the muscles in these areas will keep them from becoming too tense which can lead to pain. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Wrist Pain (Definition)

Pain coming from the wrist. In general, the wrist is described as including the radial-carpal joint, the radial-ulnar joint, the joints between the eight carpal bones, and the joints between the carpal bones and the five metacarpal bones. Wrist pain can be caused from traumatic, degenerative, vascular, and inflammatory causes ...Read more


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I have had hand and wrist pain before probably from using my computer. What should I do about my work?

I have had hand and wrist pain before probably from using my computer. What should I do about my work?

Rest: The best advice is the hardest on to do which is avoid the aggravating activity. You can also try to take frequent breaks even if you are not having pain at the time as well as try to position your hands and wrists in a comfortable position. ...Read more

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I'm a medical asst- bps and computer work. My right hand is super crampy and painful, some wrist pain. Carpal tunnel? Ortho or pcp? Thanks :)

I'm a medical asst- bps and computer work. My right hand is super crampy and painful, some wrist pain. Carpal tunnel? Ortho or pcp? Thanks :)

? Carpal Tunnel: R handed? Worse during sleep? Any tingling or numbness? Start w. A carpal tunnel splint (the one w. The metal), nsaids, wrist/fingers stretching ; if no improvement talk to your dr. Due to your medical hx. ...Read more

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L Elbow n wrist pain with pain down L neck, L upper back, L upper arm and L forearm. Got the pain after swimming. 1 doc said golfer's elbow. Agree?

L Elbow n wrist pain with pain down L neck, L upper back, L upper arm and L forearm. Got the pain after swimming. 1 doc said golfer's elbow. Agree?

Possibly: Golfers elbow is an inflammatory condition that affects the flexors of the wrist on the inside of the elbow. It could not explain all the pain complaints you have. You may have a pinched nerve in the neck which could potentially explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Random left shoulder blade pain, random chest pain, neck soreness, wrist pain. Ekg and blood test showed normal?

Random left shoulder blade pain, random chest pain, neck soreness, wrist pain. Ekg and blood test showed normal?

It's not your heart: If you had the mentioned tests, then did you ask your doctor what he/she thinks? Most likely, it is multiple musculoskeletal inflammation from a yet-to-be determined cause. Try to think back over the last couple of days. Did you exert yourself in any way, especially in a new manner (exercise, etc.). If the ekg and cardiac enzymes are normal, you can rest assured its not your heart. Ask ur dr. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of wrist pain? Complained for 2 weeks but boss won't let me stop typing for 12 hours per day.

How do I get rid of wrist pain? Complained for 2 weeks but boss won't let me stop typing for 12 hours per day.

Change the job: If your job involves typing for 12 hrs a day it is too much stress on your wrist joint, . Can you run 12 hrs a day? First rest to recuperate, see your physician for some pain medications, splinting of wrist for couple of wks, . If these measures fails you will need conduction studies to rule out carpal, it tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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I have severe hand/wrist pain. How can you recover from computer related injury?

I have severe hand/wrist pain. How can you recover from computer related injury?

YES: Don't waste you money! See your doctor or a hand specialist first to see what you've got first! If you have truly severe pain, you probably have a very treatable problem. Be aware that in the internet age we often blame our computer for our hand problems, but it's not really true. ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize wrist pain from typing?

Splints and position: Most wrist pain from typing is caused by poor positioning and movement of the wrist. You should wear straight wrist splints and adjust the height of the keyboard so your elbows are bent at 90 degrees. Also use a keyboard not just a laptop. ...Read more

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How to cure wrist pain and discomfort when typing?

How to cure wrist pain and discomfort when typing?

Wrist pain: There may not be a cure if you do daily constant typing. You can try a wrist pad for your computer keyboard. Also try increasing your seat height which can relieve stress to the wrist. ...Read more

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What's the best way to relieve wrist pain from typing too much?

Breaks and stretch: Yes, frequent breaks...Even if they are just for a minute or two can help. Ergonomic correct positioning is essential. In addition warm up flexibility exercises and stretching during quick breaks can make a big difference. ...Read more

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I have been having wrist pain during and after typing. What is wrong?

I have been having wrist pain during and after typing. What is wrong?

Carpal tunnel: It is most likely carpal tunnel syndrome and can probably be treated with wrist supports and a cushion under your forearms when typing. Seek a consult with a qualified hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnosis of wrist pain with normal CT scan, increase with exercise, stress and typing.

Diagnosis of wrist pain with normal CT scan, increase with exercise, stress and typing.

MRI Much Better: Mri shows the tendons and ligaments much better than ct, as well as bone edema/bruising that ct cannot.

Ct is best for suspected fracture after significant trauma. ...Read more

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What can I get someone who always has neck and wrist pain?

What can I get someone who always has neck and wrist pain?

See your doctor: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Physiotherapist wants to do dry needling to neck and forearm for chronic bilateral wrist pain (1 yr roughly)thoughts on opinions on this procedure? He thinks there is compression of nerves.

Treatment options: Dry needling is very helpful for trigger points. I didn't actually know that dry needling could be used in the manner you described. There are many treatment options depending on the cause of wrist pain. Has the source of your wrist pain been diagnosed? I can't comment on the treatment plan that was offered to you. As a medical acupuncturist, I am not familiar with this approach to wrist pain. ...Read more

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If a large disc extrusion at c3/c4 is indenting the cord and have ddd central canal stenosis at same level. How serious is this. Arm neck wrist pain?

If a large disc extrusion at c3/c4 is indenting the cord and have ddd central canal stenosis at same level. How serious is this. Arm neck wrist pain?

See Spine Surgeon: "Indenting the cord" and central canal stenosis is quite serious and can result in permanent nerve damage/weakness. You should see a spine surgeon who completed orthopedic or neurosurgery training immediately. The problem can be decompressed and preserve nerve function. ...Read more

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Bicep/wrist pain, tingling elbow/fingers what causes this? Electrolytes ok, neck MRI neg, xray of arm neg. Don't know what else to do.

Bicep/wrist pain, tingling elbow/fingers what causes this? Electrolytes ok, neck MRI neg, xray of arm neg. Don't know what else to do.

EMG/NCV: I would definitely recommend an emg/ncv. Your symptoms definitely sound neurogenic and there are a number of peripheral nerve compression syndromes that occur in the upper extremity. Hope this helps:). ...Read more

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I have unexplained numbness left lips & tip of tongue few days & blisters on right wrist; pain on &off in right lung & neck below jaw. Related? Cause?

? herpes zoster: It is possible that you have developed herpes zoster, a viral infection similar to the chicken pox virus. This is becoming increasingly common and there are vaccines for this. The typical findings on clinical examination are blisters, pain and possibly numbness. See your physician for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wrist pain, runny nose, sore throat and nausea (severity: mild) Is this normal when having a cold? Or could it be the flu?

I am experiencing wrist pain, runny nose, sore throat and nausea (severity: mild) Is this normal when having a cold? Or could it be the flu?

Sx's: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, feeling tired, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children).
Your wrist pain may be a red herring. People usually feel quite ill with the flu. ...Read more

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After typing on the computer all day I have a lot of wrist and thumb pain, besides taking n'said what else can I do for pain relief?

After typing on the computer all day I have a lot of wrist and thumb pain, besides taking n'said what else can I do for pain relief?

Carpal tunnel: This is carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive stress injury. Nsaids are good. The other things are to wear wrist splints at night, take frequent breaks to stretch your wrists and fingers throughout the work day, and follow up with your doctor for surgery if that becomes necessary (fairly simple procedure). ...Read more

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Wrist pain when I move it up and down but not side to side. Even pulling my hand does not hurt. It seems to get better but always comes back. Thank yo?

Many possibilities: At the top of the list would be some form of wrist tendonitis but other possibilities would include latent injury such as unrecognized scaphoid fracture, ligament sprains, occult masses such as ganglia, avn of the lunate (kienbock's), and tfcc injury (though surely not a classic description). You should have a good exam with plain x-rays and possibly an mri. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I used to hold left hand tightly while playing violin, I have wrist pain now. How can I reduce pain? Can I continue my violin practice?

I used to hold left hand tightly while playing violin, I have wrist pain now. How can I reduce pain? Can I continue my violin practice?

Wrist pain: You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Its best to rest it until the pain is gone (7-10 days). Use the naproxen twice a day, ice pack to wrist for 20 minutes 3xday. Consider getting a wrist brace. Failure to treat this condition could end your violin days for good. See an ortho doc for a good exam. ...Read more

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Woke up with achy wrist pain a few weeks ago, no known trauma. Now it's painful when I move my wrist back/forth or carry/pull.

May be injury or art: The wrist pain may be due to injury you may not have noticed or this may be arthritis. There are many types of arthritis syndromes and you would be wise to ask your physician to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I get a wrist pain when I clean or wash something using cold water or do some work which required hand effort what should I do?

Wrist pain: RICE - rest, ice, compress, elevate. Sounds like a sprained wrist. If not improve, see a doctor to help diagnose. ...Read more

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Wrist pain likely on ulnar side when moving front/back more than 10 deg., pain pressing down on wrist in middle, 16 yrs old, comes and goes 6 months?

Wrist pain likely on ulnar side when moving front/back more than 10 deg., pain pressing down on wrist in middle, 16 yrs old, comes and goes 6 months?

Carpal Tunnel likely: For a problem you are suffering from 6 months, you deserve a proper evaluation with examination to confirm the diagnosis including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the meantime take some ibuprofen. ...Read more

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3 times random wrist pain Left only. Hurts with use & movement on back of hand side of wrist. What could cause this & what to do w/o paying for appt?

3 times random wrist pain Left only. Hurts with use & movement on back of hand side of wrist. What could cause this & what to do w/o paying for appt?

Wrist: If you have no fevers and no swelling in the area or redness the most appropriate thing to do initially would be to take Motrin over-the-counter if you do not have any problems with your kidneys and utilize ice rest and elevation. You can also obtain a wrist splint from your local pharmacy to immobilize the wrist to see if this helps ...Read more

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How do I help my wrist pain from work?

How do I help my wrist pain from work?

Caution: You should discuss this with your supervison and risk management person and with hr. See your doctor or worker compensation provider. Splinting may be needed. Work modification may be needed. Medications may be needed. Imaging such as an x-ray may be needed. Other diagnostic studies may be needed. Often simple things can be done to help prevent pain or modify discomfort. Ask! ...Read more