Wrist RSI from computer mice

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Wrist RSI from computer mice

My first venture into trying ergonomic ball mice to help with wrist RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) while using computers

Being a computer programmer I can be using a computer for hours a day (or night). Many years of this have caused me to get pains in my palm of my hand and sometimes wrist. I recently decided to try a ergonomic mouse out of necessity due to pain.

I acquired the following from Amazon: Logitech M570 Wireless Mouse and it does help relieve some of the pain when I need it. However I found it’s actually quite tricky for precision pointing tasks such as selecting text in Visual Studio when programming. I didn’t realise just how accurate regular mice are in this regard until now. With that I tried to stick with it by trying to use the keyboard for precision text selection when needed. I then decided I should probably try use the keyboard as much as possible in general to avoid any further wrist strain.

In the Linux world with a terminal workflow it’s quite easy to avoid using a mouse. Windows not so much because you normally need a mouse to interact with each window and that is just the way most programs are designed for now.

Another unexpected thing I noticed was my Android mobile phone caused me to get hand cramps if used for a couple hours solid typing. Luckily this doesn’t happen very often but it was something that effected my RSI quite badly when it did. Perhaps a smaller phone would solve this issue.

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