Prolonged use of your computer mouse, can lead to the onset of a repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI is the most common injury for office workers, and if left untreated, can develop into a debilitating condition. Early signs of RSI include pins and needles, numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers and hand. Other symptoms may include waking up at night with pain in the wrist or a loss of grip strength.
So What Can You Do?
Ensuring your workstation is appropriately setup is the first thing you should do. Follow these steps below to make sure your workstation and equipment are best setup to minimise RSI:
- Keep your mouse as close to your body and keyboard as possible
- Try using your non dominate hand to operate your computer mouse. This will give your dominate hand a rest break and will help evenly share the repetitive nature of using a computer mouse
- Try to use your whole arm to operate your mouse, rather then just moving your hand and wrist
- Take regular rest breaks, 5 - 10 minutes every hour
- Switch your traditional mouse for a vertical ergonomic mouse
- Try stretching your hand muscles by following these simple hand stretches:
If your symptoms persist or worsen, it is recommended that you consult with your GP to receive appropriate medical treatment and diagnosis.