I work by the computer a lot in my work. I have started to experience pain and discomfort in my wrist, elbow and shoulder regions. Should I suspect the discomfort is related to the use of mouse regularly and long times? Should I exchange my mouse to something else? What could be an alternative?
Yes, that could be the reason if that is your mouse hand. There are several alternatives but the first thing you want to look at is the height of your keyboard/mouse. Is your wrist positioned approximately one inch lower than your elbow? If so, than the type of mouse may be the issue, there are several on ergobuyer’s site you can look at, some you may want to consider: Contour Design Roller mouse, Wacom Tablet (Pen mouse), touchpad, integrated mouse with keyboard, Vertical mouse. There are literally hundreds so it could be some trial and error!
Another issue may be the height of your desk — if your keyboard is on your desk top, you may be activating your neck and shoulder to hold your arms up (unconsciously) to type or use the mouse, especially if the desk is high. This is in addition to the issues that Charissa brings up with the mouse itself. I usually start with the chair fit, then assess the desk and keyboard, and monitor height and position. Is there someone at your worksite that does ergo evaluations?
One more thing you should be considering is arm support.
You should support your forearms when you are working with the mouse or while typing.
You can place them on the table, on the chair arm rests or on a armrest board.
When the forearms are supported it reduces the tension in the shoulder blade and neck and from there down the
arms and forearms.
It also helps you align your wrist properly.
You may also be experiencing a problem related to nerve irritation coming from your cervical spine. It's not uncommon for prolonged computer use to cause this type of a problem. If none of the other suggestions help see if you can find a McKenzie trained Physical Therapist in tour area.
Mark Durlak, PT, Cert. MDT
Spine Center/Occupational Rehabilitation programs
Wake Forest Baptist Health
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