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  • Eye strain
  • Upper crossed syndrome
  • Lower crossed syndrome
  • Tension-type headache
  • Mouse elbow
  • Gamer's thumb
  • Mouse shoulder
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica (piriformis syndrome)
  • Migraine headache
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Medial epicondylosis
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Eye strain

    Fatigue and other symptoms of the eyes that occur as a result of prolonged screen time. This is the one ailment for which every gamer is at risk.

  • Upper crossed syndrome

    A postural syndrome where muscle imbalance causes forward rounding of the shoulders and forward leaning of the neck.

  • Lower crossed syndrome

    A postural syndrome where muscle imbalance causes forward rotation of the pelvis and a “sway back” appearance of the lower back.

  • Tension-type headache

    Aggravating, secondary headaches that come from hypertonicity or trigger points in the upper back, neck, head, and face.

  • Mouse elbow

    An overuse tendinosis of the common extensor tendon, usually causing pain and discomfort on the outside (thumb side) of the elbow.

  • Gamer’s thumb

    An inflammatory overuse syndrome of the tendon sheaths of the thumb, usually causing pain and discomfort on the outside (thumb side) of the wrist and forearm.

  • Mouse shoulder

    An overuse tendinosis of the proximal biceps tendon, usually causing pain and discomfort on the front of the shoulder.

  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

    A painful joint dysfunction which includes fixation at the sacroiliac joint and painful, hypertonic muscles in the pelvis and lower back.

  • Sciatica (piriformis syndrome)

    A nerve impingement syndrome at the pelvis, usually causing pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the back or outside of the thigh and lower leg. Sciatic pain is most commonly caused by the piriformis muscle.

  • Migraine headache

    Debilitating, primary headaches that cause a myriad of neurologic symptoms. Migraine headaches can keep you down for days at a time.

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

    A compression syndrome of the brachial plexus (nerves) or subclavian artery (blood vessel) at the shoulder that may cause symptoms anywhere in the arm.

  • Medial epicondylosis

    An overuse tendinosis of the common flexor tendon, usually causing pain and discomfort on the inside (pinky side) of the elbow.

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome

    A nerve impingement syndrome at the elbow, usually causing numbness, tingling, and weakness on the pinky side of the forearm and hand as well as the pinky finger and ring finger (the “funny bone” sensation).

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    A nerve impingement syndrome at the wrist, usually causing numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the thumb side of the hand as well as the thumb, index, and middle finger.

  • Deep vein thrombosis

    Deep vein thrombosis is a high risk condition affecting the veins—most often in the lower leg. If you suspect you have deep vein thrombosis, it is important to seek medical care for treatment options. This condition may become more common in gamers due to prolonged periods of time sitting.

The risks

Gaming injuries

Click your symptom presentation to learn more.
You can also visit the injury summary page for brief descriptions of each.

Common types of injuries include:

  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Nerve impingements
  • Postural ailments
  • Eye strain & headaches
Health beyond gaming

Gamer guides

In-depth information about everything health & wellness in gaming and beyond

Gamer guide topics include nutrition & hydration, sleep habits, injury prevention, and other topics in general health & wellness.

Correction & prevention

Power-Up Posture

Power-Up Posture is an exercise and stretch program designed to counter the ill-effects of prolonged sitting—more specifically—the ill-effects of prolonged sitting with poor posture.

Education, exercises, and stretches to correct and strengthen your posture:

  • 5 pages of posture education
  • 3 levels of program design
  • 21 exercises & stretches
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