Melbourne Hand Rehab, eSports and Gaming Injuries

eSports and Gaming Injuries

Did you know that on average professional gamers can be in front of the computer for over 10 hours a day? Like any other athlete, they train for their sport and that takes hours of practice and strict training regimens.

In the current situation many others are now finding themselves spending an equal amount of time in front of the screen playing games. However, just like if you suddenly stepped up your running and attempted a marathon without the appropriate training, you may be more prone to common gaming injuries due to the sudden increase.

These are some of the most common injuries that eSports athletes encounter. Do any of the signs and symptoms sound familiar to you? If so, please contact us to book an appointment now.


Gamer’s Thumb (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)

  • More common in people who play games on a console or their phone
  • Pain  and swelling at the base of your thumb
  • Pain with turning your wrist
  • Pain or reduced strength when pinching or gripping


Wrist Repetitive Strain Injury

  • More common in PC gamers
  • Pain worse during and after activity, it can linger on
  • Swelling
  • Ache
  • Stiffness


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Numbness or tingling thumb and fingers
  • Decreased strength when gripping and pinching
  • May be worse at night


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment today and our experienced hand therapists can help you decide on the treatment that works best for you.


Karen Friesen


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