Does a mouse cause hand pain?
When you look at you hand and think about carpal tunnel are you blaming your mouse? You might be like thousands who complain that sitting at their workstation all day gave them a “carpal tunnel hand” or “carpal tunnel thumb” – depending on the problem. You might feel pain after sitting and working or else your hand might go numb or tingle. So you would be correct in blaming the mouse – but only partially.
Carpal tunnel pain and progression
Your symptoms are caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (or sometimes just called carpal tunnel). This is a progressive and painful condition that affects at least five million Americans. It occurs as a result of straining the hand. When you perform rapid and forceful hand movements for a long time, wrist tendons tend to react badly. They become inflamed and start to show signs of swelling”, and that’s when problems really go south. The tendons swell inside the wrist joint in a tight space called the “carpal tunnel”. This is a narrow, confined channel through which the tendons and the median nerve pass.
Unfortunately, the swelling can push on the adjacent median nerve and slowly crush it. This crushing action is what causes the sensations of pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers, especially the thumb.
While it would be fine to blame the mouse for your carpal tunnel, strictly speaking it would be wrong to say the mouse “caused” carpal tunnel. It’s more accurate to say the mouse made the carpal tunnel symptoms appear. That’s because carpal tunnel is more analogous to a disease, like diabetes. You don’t cause diabetes by being obese. Rather, you have a tendency to get the disease. Being obese simply brought it on. Similarly, mousing brought on carpal tunnel.
Managing carpal tunnel mouse pain
Carpal tunnel mouse ergonomics:
First, recognize that you can easily eliminate the problem if it hasn’t gone to a more severe stage. But mouse and keyboarding habits need to change. You can alter a workstation ergonomics by buying a carpal tunnel mouse. It’s an easy-to-use computer mouse specifically designed for those with hand pain.
Hand and finger position:
Insure your fingers do not curl around the mouse in the same position for a long time. Next, pay close attention to the position of your fingers and hand as they type. Make sure they are not overly bending or reaching for keys and buttons.
Full comfort to avoid carpal tunnel mouse:
Finally, adjust the workstation’s chair, table and monitor height so they feel comfortable. Be sure the keyboard and mouse are like extensions of your fingers, that don’t require much movement. Be conscious of your most common posture and hand movements. Make sure to keep them to a minimum. And even while you work with a keyboard and mouse, rest and stretch your hands frequently. It’s best that for every twenty minutes of hand work to do twenty seconds of finger stretches.
You can also wear a carpal tunnel brace at night. This is usually necessary if you have more severe symptoms. But no matter how severe, you must nip this problem in the bud right now and focus on prevention and treatment. Otherwise, you can be certain that you’ll be facing carpal tunnel surgery later on, and carpal tunnel surgery recovery can take up to a year.