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- Causes and risk factors
- Examinations and diagnosis
- Disease course and prognosis
Mouse arm: description
The mouse arm is still a relatively unknown disease in Germany. Affected are primarily the hand and arm, but also shoulder and neck. In the English-speaking world, the mouse arm is also referred to as "RSI syndrome" and is recognized, for example, in the US as an occupational disease. RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury, in English: "a repetitive strain injury". The cause of the syndrome is thus a chronic over- and underload. The term "syndrome" already indicates that several symptoms can occur simultaneously. Typical of a mouse arm are discomfort, muscle weakness and especially pain.
A mouse arm can affect people of all ages. About 60 percent of people who spend more than three hours a day on the computer complain about complaints. Colloquially, the RSI syndrome is therefore also referred to as "secretary's disease". Often people with other problems such as metabolic disorders are affected earlier and after less stress than otherwise healthy people.
It is not known how many people in Germany are affected by a mouse arm. Doctors believe, however, that it is a very common disease. Technological developments such as the introduction of computers, mobile phones and other small electronic devices (Playstation, Gameboy, etc.) have dramatically increased the monotonous burden on the arms and hands of large parts of the population.To the table of contents
Mouse arm: symptoms
A mouse arm (RSI syndrome) is characterized by a number of different complaints in the upper half of the body. Especially affected are the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Contrary to the name, a mouse arm thus does not only occur in the area of the arm.
In the early stages of the disease, those affected notice symptoms such as tingling and discomfort in the affected area of the body. This can lead to a loss of strength in the affected muscles. At a very early stage, symptoms of a mouse arm appear only at longer exposures. In addition, the symptoms in this stage of the disease usually disappear quickly as soon as the person concerned is spared.
If the causative burden remains, coordination difficulties in the arms, hands and fingers also occur over time. The joints of the hand, elbow, shoulder and neck can stiffen. At a later stage, pain occurs again and again on the affected area of the body. Low loads are often enough to trigger the symptoms. In the late stages, the symptoms may even persist despite physical protection.