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The Ergonomic Mouse and Arthritis

Updated November 21, 2016

Repetitive movements can result in arthritis. When using the hands, fingers and wrists over and over in a particular way, this can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome as well as arthritis. Computer and mouse use is one of the main culprits when it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritic pain.

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Using an ergonomically-correct mouse can prevent carpal tunnel and arthritis as well as ease the pain if you already have these problems. An ergonomic mouse puts your hand in the ideal position, which reduces the risk of injury to the hand, fingers and wrists. A vertical mouse looks much like a joystick and trackballs enable you to use the palm of your hand to move the mouse. There is also a hands-free mouse, which lets you use your feet to move the mouse.

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Arthritis.org, recommends using an ergonomic mouse because it relieves discomfort and pain that is the result of repetitive stress injuries in your wrist, arm, fingers and hand. When using a traditional mouse, this pronates the wrist and forearm and presses the carpal tunnel area and wrist against the desk.

Outcome

Using a vertical grip mouse will keep your wrist and hand at a neutral angle, which prevents injury and alleviates pain. Also ensuring the monitor and desk surface are at the right height when working can result in a reduction of pain. Arms should be bent at the elbows and forearms parallel to the floor to ensure optimal working conditions.

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About the Author

Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.