mouse_elbow1Do you have Mouse Elbow?  Does your arm or elbow hurt and you don’t know why?   You may have a Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) caused by using your computer mouse… or Mouse Elbow!

To help you diagnose your elbow and arm injuries you should first understand how your elbow works and some of the most common injuries, so that you can compare and decide if you really do have Mouse Elbow.  One thing you should keep in mind is that if your pain does persist or worsen you should consult your doctor or a health care professional

Elbow injuries can be divided into three categories: single-event, often collision related where direct trauma to your elbow has caused a fracture or dislocation (acute injuries),single-event trauma this is seen in some throwing injuries where a single event may have caused the injury but actually it’s caused by a weakening of the ligaments do to overuse (acute on chronic), and multiple-repetition overuse or repetitive stress Injuries (chronic) such as tennis elbow and Mouse Elbow.

Your elbow is the joint where three long bones meet in the middle portion of your arm. The bone of the upper arm(humerus) meets the inner bone of the forearm (ulna) and the outer bone of your forearm (radius) to form a hinge joint. The radius and ulna also meet in your elbow to allow for rotation of your forearm. Your elbow functions to move your arm like a hinge (forward and backward) and in rotation (twisting outward and inward). Your biceps muscle is the major muscle that flexes the elbow hinge. Your triceps muscle is the major muscle that extends the elbow hinge.