Hand and arm pain are often associated with repetitive activities such
as typing. There are many potential causes of hand pain.
The Carpal tunnel syndrome is one problem caused by repetitive work.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain in the thumb and index fingers. The
pain may be worst at night and is often associated with numbness. The
symptoms result from pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. A nerve
conduction test can confirm the diagnosis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is
treated with changes in activity, bracing, local injections, or
occasionally, minor surgery.
Tendonitis results from inflammation of the soft tissues of the
forearm. Sufferers complain of hand and arm tenderness, which is increased
with use. Tendonitis is treated with medicines, exercise, and physical
therapy. Epicondylitis (tennis or golf elbow) is a soreness of the elbow.
It is also caused by overuse. It is treated with medications, physical
therapy, or surgery.
Occasionally, cervical disc disease, shoulder problems, the thoracic
outlet syndrome, and a variety of other conditions can cause similar
Not all research studies confirm that computer use causes injuries.
Even so, it is generally accepted that excessive keyboarding or “mousing”
at work can result an “overuse” syndrome. You should see a specialist to
get an accurate diagnosis before beginning treatment.