Gamers With RSI

I CAD program and model in SolidWorks all day, not nice for the arm. After the first week I picked up an Evoluent and it's completely eliminated all pain in my hand, wrist, and arm. Took about 1 week to get used to and another week for the pain to go away.

Now I can go home and reinjure my hand playing L4D2 with a normal gaming mouse at night.

I highly recommend the Evoluent VerticalMouse.

I don't really have RSI pain but I'm really thinking of buying one of these for the home just because it looks really comfortable.

Will give my impressions when mine arrives, since I'll be using it for gaming as well.

I normally wouldn't post on such an old thread, but I don't see anything more recent.

Over the winter, which is when I tend to do the most gaming, I've noticed more pain in my arms. Some in the thumbs, but more around the elbow and very tight shoulder/neck muscles. Right (dominate) worse than left.

I've had this in the past, but usually from PC gaming, which is why I don't do much of it. I'm on the PC all day at work with a pretty heavy keyboard/mouse use throughout. In the past, if I stuck to console and handheld gaming, I haven't really experienced any pain. That's changed recently.

If I had to guess I'd say I have been playing around 15 hours a week? That tends to go down a fair bit when the weather here is nicer, say May-Oct.

I've taken some of the above advice and starting some upper body strength training. I historically have done cardio, but never anything for my upper body. I think my work desk ergo is okay.

Right now the pain is more irritating than super bad, but I don't want to get worse. I've got my annual checkup with my physician in less than a month, so I'll mention it then.

Mostly I'm posting to share my experience since there's a lot of good info in the thread already. One thing I'm wondering is if I should avoid more intensive action games even with a controller. For example, lately I've played Bayonetta with the Switch Pro Controller and Celeste with the PS4. Both are really comfortable controllers, but the intensiveness of these games seems to especially aggravate.

If you are a desk jockey like me, then internal rotation of the chest and shoulders from prolonged sitting is the main culprit. Just google or youtube "external shoulder rotation" exercises. I keep a long rubber physical therapy band around and do shoulder dislocates (not as bad as it sounds), face pulls and band pull aparts daily.

Strength training is a must too. I also found that tightness in the forearms was causing pain in my elbows and up through the shoulder. It's all connected. Stretching daily forearm flexion and extension took care of it.

Thanks for the reply, Heretk. I’ve been doing some forearm stretches and light weights and that’s been helping. I’ll definitely look into the shoulder stuff!

When I was 17 I gave myself such bad rsi from a single day of pushing through symptoms playing guitar that it took months of physio to be able to sign my name again - don't mess around with it and if it feels wrong make sure you stop.

I agree with all the advice above and wanted to add that as this sort of thing sets in you'll find you're subconsciously tensing all sorts of muscles. Half the benefit of the exercises people recommend is to relieve that tension. It's just something to be aware of: if you're getting sore have a stretch; I get up for a glass of water every 20-40 minutes (or to reverse that process) which sets a good routine.

I had pretty severe DeQuervain's (thumb tendon inflammation) as a youth, and let me tell you: do not try to work through an RSI injury. If it hurts, stop doing it! It doesn't matter how important that project is, that damage is incredibly painful and can literally cripple you for the rest of your life. Don't mess around. You'll know what it feels like when it starts, and just stop freaking doing whatever you're doing. It is not worth it, no matter what it is.

edit: I posted some real good advice on the first page, nine years ago. It all still applies, as far as I know. And I'm still using that Model M once in awhile, when my wrists start to bother me. I use it for about six weeks, and then I'm good for a couple years.

A few years ago, I was getting RSI in my right forearm.

So I learned to mouse left-handed at work. I still mouse right-handed at home. I'm basically ambimoustrous at this point, thought I suspect I'd see a slight difference if I tried left-hand mousing in a twitchy game.

Since then, no RSI!

Beyond that, your three-point-plan going forward:

Lift - get strong.
Move - get loose.
Stretch - get limber.

Desk jockeys that don't pay attention to keeping their bodies in good working order are sitting on a time-bomb.