Found out today I have "Mouse Elbow"...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacLadybug, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. MacLadybug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Has anyone with a Unibody developed any painful elbow issues using the new glass trackpad? It seems that it has caused a case of tennis elbow (aka mouse elbow) for me. I'm told it's using a mouse improperly (don't use a mouse) or having your wrists bent for long periods of time while typing. I think mine is caused from long periods of typing with my notebook on my lap. I use an iLap to hold it and I must be bending my wrists instead of extending them. So now I'm typing at a table and I might go for a cortisone shot later in the week.

    Have any of you had similar experiences?
  2. blogwalker macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    Posture Pete Says....

    The laptop is a wonderful little machine, that can absolutely wreck your body. Before you head off for the cortisone shot you might consider something a bit more basic->exercise.

    Check out Amazon for Pete Egoscue's books, especially Health In Motion or Pain Free. They have tons of common sense advice on posture and health in general and the exercises are simple to perform.

    I wrote about my experience with a laptop and pain in my book Earth Dragon Canon -- Walking, Martial Arts, and Self Evolution (also on Amazon). I will summarize that story here. I am a coding geek, that spent hours not only on a laptop, but reclined on the couch, using a laptop. It was just a couple of months before I started to feel some real pain, and even though I was getting between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise everyday, it was not enough. Now, I take frequent breaks, never work for more than 90 minutes at a time behind the computer, and avoid the fully reclined position.

    Just purchased a new 15" uMBP so I don't know what issues the new trackpad will cause. One thing I have noticed is that I feel more comfortable using two hands, one for clicking and one for 'directing.'

    Best of Luck.
  3. MacLadybug thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Thanks for the advice and I will definitely look into the books.

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