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How To Avoid Sore Elbows?

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  1. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

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    I take breaks as often as possible. I work out. etc etc.

    I've even started folding up shirts and putting them under my elbows and forearms as I type. But my arms are always irritated in one way or another. Shirts simply don't provide any cushioning.

    I think the reason why is because my desk is about 18 inches higher than my chair. I don't use a normal computer chair I use a black reclining chair sofa. Just that I never use the recliner. They're much more comfortable. But the downside is you can't raise them like you can raise a computer chair. So a lot of stress gets put on my forearms and elbows as I type. It mainly comes from the edge of the desk. If I try to keep my elbows up and off the table my arms tired out fast as hell due to the angle.

    What I'm wondering is, can I buy L shaped padding, that goes from my keyboard to the edge of my desk? My last computer chair hurt my back and sofa chairs are 100xs more comfortable. The problem is they are just too damn low. And I don't wanna put bricks or any shit under the chair (that would look ghetto as hell) so I need some type of padding that can attach to the edge of my desk.

    Does anyone know of something like this? I would be nice if it doesn't look ghetto and can attach to my desk so it doesn't move around. -_-

    -BB
     
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    Hey I know what you mean. Get some grip strengtheners off of Amazon - I got the 100s, 150s, and 200s for $30. They really help to get rid of the pain from your wrists being too low. They also make your forearms look jacked.

    And then put something ghetto underneath (like foam) and make sure you measure carefully when you buy your next chair/desk. ;)
     
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    I find using a variety of tools keeps my neck and shoulders good, compared to when I just used to use my laptop.
     
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    Recommended posture... that's what you should be using from now on if you wish to protect your joints from becoming painful and useless.

    Some physiotherapy/other related medical therapy will help. Get expert advice soon.
     
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    Use a wireless keyboard and a trackball mouse then you can just work on your chair without having to hunch over to your computer.
     
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    Can you put an image of your workstation (PC, table, your chair) here? It must one of the most interesting setups! You may keep yourself out of the image if it suits you. :)
     
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    @BreaknBrix Buy a super awesome chair with adjustable height. And then go on Amazon and buy VertDesk. Adjust height of both as much as you wish and get the perfecto setup.
     
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    I would love to but it would take me 40-45 minutes just to unclip all my personal papers, washboards, and the bulletin board right behind my screens (edit: I just realized I could black it out in photoshop but I don't wanna edit the whole post now).

    Basically it's an oak, L shaped corner desk. I built it with my dad years ago. It's half a sound proofed music studio and half my work office.

    It looks very similar to this, except nowhere near as neat. And the shelf has another level so it's twice as high, then there are 2 screens side by side. Sound traps everywhere (sound proofing & bass traps) bulletin boards with papers, washboards, and framed checks nailed right through soundproofing LOL.

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    Now I did some measuring and my nose points directly to the bottom of both screens. So the screens are probably higher than they should be.

    Looking at the pic you posted something is definitely wrong. Because my elbows are up at roughly a 70 degree angle. Then the bottom of my elbows hang just an inch under the edge of the desk. When I pull the keyboards back, it redirects the pain & pressure from the edge of the desk up to my forearms. So I'm literally adjusting my keyboards all day / leaning back & forth just to diffuse the pressure. If I don't do this my elbows will swell up and I get Olecranon Bursitis aka "students elbow" : http://www.patient.co.uk/health/olecranon-bursitis-students-elbow . Last time I got that I literally couldn't type at all that's how bad it hurt. It felt like a broken nerve in my elbow and took months to go away.

    I think the best solution at this point would be to build a shelf under my desk. I can't raise my chair, I can't lower the the desk, if I slip a pillow underneath it raises my elbows so high I have to put books under my keyboard to type. And it's seriously effecting work so I'm gonna go to home depot tomorrow and figure something out. I just can't work like this anymore. :(

    Thank you all for your help,

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    Hahaha! If you're so comfortable in that chair and your other joints doesn't seem to complain as much, then get that wireless keyboard with wireless mouse combo, and recline your chair and monitor such that you can view it without neckstrain. But better to let go some comfort and have the posture right or your oldage body-housing would be too cringey. You don't want the elbow joint permenantly locked at 70 degrees or more by that time, do you?

    jk. There is everything to gain from correcting the body posture, and there is nothing better than begin doing it now! :) A soft sofa for as long as you are on the PC means your internal vital organs too are silently becoming lethargic...
     
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    Good point. A wireless keyboard & mouse would make a lot more sense than building an entire shelf lol.

    I must be getting old at 32 cause the prospect of a wireless keyboard sounds...... well, just dangerous. What if someone hijacks my signal and starts cursing off mods on BHW? lol. But seriously, this sofa is way too comfortable. My last computer chair, even with the padding I could feel my butt bones slowly turning to dust. It was quite literally a pain in the ass. Just gotta sort this elbow issue now. :D
     
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    Just cut your arms off bro. Replace them with some bionic arm and just tell everyone you saved a school bus with children inside, by sacrificing your arms :p

    You get tremendous strength and a cool story to tell :D

    Hehe nah seriously, i would just get a chair, wireless keyboard and mouse. Work with the new chair when doing "important" stuff and use your recliner for the less laborious tasks.

    Well, at least thats what i would do.
     
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    It sounds like your problems would be solved with a decent office chair.

    I invested in a good one a few years ago and I have never experienced a moment of discomfort. It's several years old now and still looks and feels brand new.

    I'd estimate I spend 10 hours a day sitting in it so it's pretty durable too.
     
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    Find one of these and possibly save a lot on longterm medical + physiotherapy costs:

    Code:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D1069132&field-keywords=computer+chair&rh=n%3Acomputer+chair
    Try something that is extra-soft for the bums and back, and neck if you like that feel... soon you will forget the sofa. After 5 more years, you'll thank me every day, and will send me a great gift every Christmas eve, using Am@zon ofc! :)


    Ofc this is a free consultation, so listen to it NOW! The chair cost is absolutely nothing considering/compared-to what the Doctors would take from you -- @ every sitting too :(... lol

    (Note: Above is NOT an aff link :).)
     
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