Doctors are surprised at how many cases of shoulder pain lead people of all ages and genders to come see them. Pain that is often unbearable and ends up interfering with sleep. Above all, the cause of the pain is rarely found. It has just been discovered that the computer is often the cause.
In most of these shoulder pains, even the most sophisticated tests are normal. Conventional treatments have only a limited effect, be they anti-inflammatory or corticosteroid injections. Only physiotherapy is able to relieve some of the pain, at the cost of many highly specialized sessions.
In some cases, the pain disappears as suddenly as it came, but in most cases, sleeping without lying on your back is impossible. That is why it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe painkillers or sleeping pills that do little to alleviate the problem… because they do not really alleviate the cause.
In fact, it took a long time to understand that the vast majority of these symptoms, which are often found in athletes who brutalize their shoulders, are actually due to… immobility in front of the computer and the simple movement of manipulating the mouse.
Too short a cable, a poorly placed keyboard and screen are enough, when the gesture is repeated thousands of times, to create this trauma in our muscles, tendons and joints.
Since the cause is untreated, the drugs act like band aids.
To make the pain go away, the remedy is quite simple. A few days, or even weeks if the pain is deep, of computer abstinence, helped by anti-inflammatory drugs.
Then, simple measures are put into practice. Change the mouse to a trackball, extend the cable or switch to wireless to avoid navigation with the arm extended. Check your chair so that your arms and eyes are in the optimal position in relation to the keyboard and screen.
Although our doctors are increasingly competent in treating this type of untrained problem during their studies, the best common sense advice is still to be found… while surfing the net.