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Tendinitis == End of Video Game Career?

GrundlterrorGrundlterror Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So my brother was recently diagnosed with Tendinitis in his right elbow. He's worried he won't be able to play video games with his elbow like this, apparently he isn't supposed to squeeze things with his right hand. Has anyone experienced this before? Are his Halo days over? He's worried about this, but recovery is his top priority.

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    The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Tell him to play PC games. You dont need to squeeze a mouse to use it.

    Also, some games are designed to be played one handed. Like Dead or Alive. But I guess if he cant use his other hand to squeeze things there isn't much point.

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    GrundlterrorGrundlterror Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Good point with the PC games! He likes that idea, but I think his main game is Halo.

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    VmikesmittyVmikesmitty Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

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    GrundlterrorGrundlterror Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Yeah, we're thinking this may be the case but when it comes to this we want to be completely sure.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    How hard do you really need to squeeze a controller to hold it?

    I guess it depends on the severity and location of the tendonitis, but I had a buddy in undergrad who had (what sounds like) a similar condition, and it didn't seem to stop him from being a douchebag with the rocket launcher.

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Well if you have a controller in hand 40+ hours a week and are repeatedly holding down triggers it can be straining on your arm. Just playing too much Geometry Wars too much makes my right arm sore over time and all i'm doing is moving a stick around.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Good point with the PC games! He likes that idea, but I think his main game is Halo.

    Halo is also a PC game.

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    ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Tendinitis does go away after resting the elbow for awhile, right?

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'd say you should have him check with a doctor to find out possible long-term effects of manipulating a controller in his current condition. Just in case.

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    ANTVGM64ANTVGM64 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    There used to be this guy on TFC who didn't have arms and was pretty decent, so there is hope.

    Ironically his handle was "Hands Free"

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    Banaltefuxianis XVIBanaltefuxianis XVI __BANNED USERS new member
    edited August 2008
    For PC games he could also start using a trackball mouse so he doesn't have to even move his arm.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    My friends and brother have rock climbed with tendinitis in their hands. While I'm sure it wasn't a great idea, I can't imagine a controller doing any harm.

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    zerg rushzerg rush Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    So my brother was recently diagnosed with Tendinitis in his right elbow. He's worried he won't be able to play video games with his elbow like this, apparently he isn't supposed to squeeze things with his right hand. Has anyone experienced this before? Are his Halo days over? He's worried about this, but recovery is his top priority.

    I'd recommend you have him change his controller style. He should still be able to play 360 games at the least.


    Normally when you use a controller, your right hand is wrapped around it. Thumb is on top, and able to touch the face plate, while your index finger is on the trigger. The controller is being held inside your hand. Instead he should control it arcade style. Rest the right half on something (like your knee), then put your right hand over it. The thumb now only handles the joystick, while your index and middle fingers touch the face buttons. You use your left hand to tilt and press in the shoulder buttons; naturally you should try to remap non-critical actions to the right shoulder.

    It'll take some getting used to, but he should be back to his same skill level in no time.

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    AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    Tell him to play PC games. You dont need to squeeze a mouse to use it.

    Also, some games are designed to be played one handed. Like Dead or Alive. But I guess if he cant use his other hand to squeeze things there isn't much point.
    I just laughed and spilled tea everywhere, thanks a lot

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    I have it, and once had a bad enough episode of it where I could barely even walk.

    I also play a shitton of Halo.

    He needs to stay off that arm for a bit, but when he comes back to it he needs to stay rested, hydrated, basically stay healthy. High stress can make it flare up.

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    GrundlterrorGrundlterror Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I forgot to mention the fact that he's a vegan... does he need to be careful of anything (aka add anything to his diet) that might help him in his recovery process?

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    ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    If he can't squeeze but can still move his hand fine, he should be able to control an analogue stick okay. Look around for some left-handed controllers - do people make those? If the analogue stick was on the right, with his weaker arm, he could operate the controller.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited August 2008
    Fireflash wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Well if you have a controller in hand 40+ hours a week and are repeatedly holding down triggers it can be straining on your arm. Just playing too much Geometry Wars too much makes my right arm sore over time and all i'm doing is moving a stick around.

    if you're playing games 40+ hours a week you have worse problems than tendonitis

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    Q_PrimeQ_Prime Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    there are usb-> xbox converters so you can use a kb and mouse on your xbox, that might help. i skimmed the thread though and it seems like tendinitis may not even be a problem.

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Fireflash wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Well if you have a controller in hand 40+ hours a week and are repeatedly holding down triggers it can be straining on your arm. Just playing too much Geometry Wars too much makes my right arm sore over time and all i'm doing is moving a stick around.

    if you're playing games 40+ hours a week you have worse problems than tendonitis

    It's uh, my job. Altho "playing" isn't exactly the appropriate term.

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I hear Guitar Hero is absolutely brutal for tendinitis, due to the way you hold the controller. I can't imagine a 360/ps controller causing too much grief, because theres very little muscle use in pressing the buttons (well, unless you really just have to pound them, in which case y'know, uh, don't.)

    I am reminded of Nintendo thumb, and those little flesh divots one would get from hours of holding pointy corners.

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Sarcastro wrote: »
    I hear Guitar Hero is absolutely brutal for tendinitis, due to the way you hold the controller. I can't imagine a 360/ps controller causing too much grief, because theres very little muscle use in pressing the buttons (well, unless you really just have to pound them, in which case y'know, uh, don't.)

    I am reminded of Nintendo thumb, and those little flesh divots one would get from hours of holding pointy corners.

    Alternatively, Mario Party 1. D:
    damn you, tug of war

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    DeShadowCDeShadowC Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Fireflash wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Well if you have a controller in hand 40+ hours a week and are repeatedly holding down triggers it can be straining on your arm. Just playing too much Geometry Wars too much makes my right arm sore over time and all i'm doing is moving a stick around.

    if you're playing games 40+ hours a week you have worse problems than tendonitis

    I disagree with this statement.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited August 2008
    Fireflash wrote: »
    Fireflash wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure that playing video games is not going to provide enough strain on his tendons to do anything.

    Better yet, tell him to not hit the buttons so hard. I can't imagine any controller providing enough button travel to injure anything.

    Well if you have a controller in hand 40+ hours a week and are repeatedly holding down triggers it can be straining on your arm. Just playing too much Geometry Wars too much makes my right arm sore over time and all i'm doing is moving a stick around.

    if you're playing games 40+ hours a week you have worse problems than tendonitis

    It's uh, my job. Altho "playing" isn't exactly the appropriate term.

    Ah right, understood. a cousin of mine got pretty bad, albeit temporary, wrist problems when he was working QA at EA.
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    if you're playing games 40+ hours a week you have worse problems than tendonitis

    I disagree with this statement.[/QUOTE]

    don't care

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    AftyAfty Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I have biceptular tendontis, its basically infalmmation that Ibuprofen can treat (im sure you bro has been given something along those lines).

    Just wait until its died down and then gently reintroduce what ever caused it. It will likely flare up from time to time, mine does when its cold or when i lift something heavy at the gym.

    End of Gaming Career? unlikely :)

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