How to Treat Mouse Elbow

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How to Treat Mouse Elbow
Treat Mouse Elbow

We've all heard of tennis elbow, but today many people suffer from mouse elbow. The repetitive use of a computer mouse causes this ailment.Hours spent working a mouse can wear and tear the tendons in the wrist, forearm and elbow, resulting in mouse elbow. Here's how to treat this modern-day malady.

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  1. 1

    Apply ice to the elbow to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Apply it two to three times per day for 20 minutes each application.

  2. 2

    Take anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen for a few days. Follow manufacturer directions on the label when taking over-the-counter medication.

  3. 3

    Wear a strap or support often used to treat tennis elbow to rest the elbow until pain and stiffness subside.

  4. 4

    Stretch the muscles of the lower arm to help relax the elbow. Stretching and strengthening the muscles that support and work the elbow can treat and prevent mouse elbow.

  5. 5

    Rest. Take a break from the computer mouse for a few days. This stops the elbow from getting aggravated and gives it a chance to heal. Otherwise, the problem can worsen.

Tips and warnings

  • Prevent mouse elbow by making sure your work station is ergonomically correct. Place your mouse at the same level and beside your keyboard.
  • Don't allow symptoms of mouse elbow to linger. Damage can worsen and become more chronic if you don't treat it.

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