14 Common Video Game Injuries & Ailments

Gamers can suffer injuries just like any other athletes. Search through the most common conditions below, and learn how to identify them or how to prevent them from occurring in your gaming career.

Eye strain

Strain/fatigue

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.


Symptom presentation

carpal tunnel symptom presentation

Upper crossed syndrome

Postural syndrome

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


Symptom presentation

Upper crossed syndrome symptom presentation

Lower crossed syndrome

Postural syndrome

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


Symptom presentation

lower crossed syndrome symptom presentation

Tension-type headache

Tension-type headache

Secondary headache

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


Symptom presentation

carpal tunnel symptom presentation

Video game injuries

Mouse elbow

Overuse strain

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


Symptom presentation

mouse elbow symptom presentation

Gamer's thumb

Overuse strain

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.


Symptom presentation

gamers thumb symptom presentation

Mouse shoulder

Overuse strain

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


Symptom presentation

mouse shoulder symptom presentation

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Joint dysfunction

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


Symptom presentation

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction presentation

Sciatica

Nerve impingement

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.


Symptom presentation

sciatica symptom presentation

Migraine headache

Primary headache

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


Symptom presentation

carpal tunnel symptom presentation

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Impingement 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.


Symptom presentation

mouse shoulder symptom presentation

Medial epicondylosis

Overuse strain

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


Symptom presentation

medial epicondylosis symptom presentation

Cubital tunnel syndrome

Nerve impingement

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).


Symptom presentation

cubital tunnel symptom presentation

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Nerve impingement

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.


Symptom presentation

carpal tunnel symptom presentation


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