Shoulder and Arm Pain have become very common in the workplace due to us using computers more and more during our daily work day. We have put together a Shoulder and Arm Pain syndrome guide to help identify any problems you may have and how they can be fixed.
Thoracic Outlet SyndromeWhat is it?
It is a compression injury to the nervous or blood vessel bundles from narrow passageways at the base of the neck passing under your collarbone and into your arm.
Site/Area of pain
Shoulder and Arm
Type of pain/Symptoms
- The arms and hands feel cool and tire easily.
- Vague, aching pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand.
- Overhead activities are particularly difficult.
- Sitting unsupported and leaning forward in chair for prolonged periods
- Unnecessary repetitive reaching (especially, overhead movements).
- Insufficient back support from chair forcing neck and spine to slouch as the shoulders follow
- Typing with your elbows and forearms unsupported and shoulders rolled forward can compress nerves and blood vessels in the armpit.
- Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the pain
- Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder so that they are better able to support the collarbone.
- Postural exercises can help you stand and sit straighter, which lessens the pressure on the nerves and blood vessels.
- If you are overweight, your physician may recommend that a weight loss program.
- You will need to change your workstation and avoid strenuous activities.
- In rare instances, surgery may be recommended if conservative treatment fails.
- Take regular breaks every 30-40 minutes, avoid prolonged unsupported sitting positions.
- Use a monitor arm or monitor stand to promote optimal monitor height
- Make sure all necessary documentation and equipment are within easy reach.
- In- line Document stand to neutralise neck position and prevent unnecessary head tilting while referring to documents
- Make sure the chair back is a high back chair to support the spine while seated and not push the shoulders forward.
- Forearm support to promote forearm and wrist support while seated