Does this sound familiar? For the past few months you've been trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you've get in your wrists from using your compute keyboard and mouse. You frequently experience a sharp shooting pain that goes through your wrist and up your forearm. If this sounds all too familiar, then it is likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common repetitive strain injury (RSI) of the upper limb. It is caused by compression or pressure on the median nerve in your hand. This nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of your hand. It is responsible for sensation in your thumb and fingers (but not the little finger) on the palm side. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, a tunnel made by a ligament and the bones at the base of your wrist. When the median nerve gets compressed or pressure on it, you will start to experience a combination of pain, numbness and when very severe - weakness of the hand. If you've got to this point in the article and you are nodding your head in agreement, it's best you book an appointment with your doctor. Although not life threatening, carpal tunnel syndrome is best fixed with medical intervention. This may range from anti-inflammatory medications, avoiding the tasks or wrist postures that may be causing the problem or in some cases surgery to release the carpal ligament and reduce the compression on the median nerve.
Choosing an Ergonomic Mouse for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When it comes to choosing the best ergonomic mouse for carpal tunnel syndrome, the goal is to minimize the pressure over the median nerve in the affected hand. This is best achieved by placing the wrist in a "neutral position".
In a neutral position, the inter-compartment pressure in the carpal tunnel is reduced. Secondly, it is important to minimize repetitive movements or awkward wrist postures that may place unnecessary pressure over the median nerve.
We recommend the following Ergonomic Mice for anyone suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Best Suited for Users with a Small Hand Size
Best Suited for Users with a Medium Hand Size