Can You Get Carpal Tunnel from Video Games?

 Can I Get Carpal Tunnel from Video Games

As a matter of fact, yes, you can and relief can come from chiropractic carpal tunnel treatment in Portland. Video games and computer games have become a worldwide pastime in recent years, and carpal tunnel syndrome has grown accordingly. Video games can have a positive side, such as improving hand-eye coordination, fostering a healthy (hopefully) sense of competition, and maybe even helping gamers to de-stress. Still, as with any repetitive motion, playing computer games can cause carpal tunnel pain.

Other causes of carpal tunnel pain include using the computer or laptop for work, such as data entry, typing for communication, navigating while doing Internet research and, other administrative or office work. Carpal tunnel is also often caused by repeated workplace duties that involve the hands, fingers wrists, and forearms. Afflicting retail cashiers, assembly line workers, machine operators, and other professions. Playing sports (like tennis, swimming, rock climbing, weight lifting, golf, and more), or participating in hobbies, can also bring about that telltale carpal tunnel pain that occurs on the outside of the wrist and stretches up toward the elbow.

What Happens in the Body When you Have Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome comes about due to median nerve irritation. It is considered a repetitive stress injury or RSI. The median nerve runs from the elbow, down through the forearm, and into the hand, traveling through the carpal tunnel within your wrist. The median nerve controls thumb movement and sensation and serves the same function for your first three fingers. Carpal tunnel symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the wrist, forearm, elbow, thumb and/or fingers
  • Pins and needles, numbness or tingling in the same area
  • Hand or finger weakness

Chiropractic Care Relieves Carpal Tunnel Pain

If you have pain or other signs of carpal tunnel from video games, Laurelhurst Chiropractic in Portland is here to help. We can provide a thorough examination and create a personalized treatment plan to ease or eliminate your carpal tunnel symptoms. Natural chiropractic treatments can include massage, cold packs, ultrasound, acupuncture, splinting, corrective exercises and more. Contact us online or call for a free consultation today.


Do not ignore your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it can become worse over time. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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