Pain Ergo Ergonomics

As a programmer I spend far to much time in front of a screen, and as a result I’ve suffered from my share of back, neck and wrist pain.

For the last several weeks I’ve been suffering from a repetitive strain injury on my dominant wrist thanks to all the mousing I do.  Icing the wrist, and resting it as much as possible helped, but it was just a roller coaster ride in terms of the pain returning.  After all, it’s not as if you can just stop working.

I was in one of my favourite stores; MemoryExpress a local computer chain, when I noticed the sales rep was using a bizarre looking mouse.  I asked him about it, showing my wrist brace, and he said it was great and really helped prevent my kind of inquiry.  I checked it out on their website, and after the pain increased again a couple days later, I broke down and bought it.

The Logitech MX Vertical mouse is not cheap at $120 CAD, but already my wrist is feeling better and it’s only been a day using the new mouse.  You can easily spend several hundred dollars on physio, or taking time off so why not spend it on a more ergonomic mouse that helps keep you healthy.  Highly recommended!

5 Responses to “Pain Ergo Ergonomics”

  1. Josh Says:

    Hi, you may want to try this

    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Wireless-Ergonomic-Mouse-Small-EM550GPS/?N=5002385+3294308590&rt=rud

  2. C Johnson Says:

    I’m a long term (decades now) fan of the wireless trackballs… I upgraded to an MX Ergo a while back, and still loving it.

  3. J. Christen Says:

    I also have a trackball, and in addition a simple, non-handed mouse. I now switch to the left hand for a while when I feel the pain coming on. Didn’t take too long to get used to using the left hand and my right hand is free for the keyboard.

  4. Larry Hengen Says:

    @C Johnson I thought about a track ball as well. A friend of mine suggested that I try a different “mouse” and said he had a similar problem before he went to a trackball. Just seemed a little more of a radical transition from a mouse for me, so I opted for a vertical mouse. I checked out the MX Ergo and it’s very interesting. I may at some point try one. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Lachlan Gemmell Says:

    When I started getting shoulder pain in my right arm from excessive mouse usage I switched to using my mouse in my left hand. It’s not as hard as it sounds, within a few days you’ll be competent, within two weeks you’ll be effectively mouse ambidextrous.

    These days I switch between left and right every few weeks and the shoulder pain has never come back. It’s also surprisingly handy, not to mention impressive, to be able to use two mice at the same time when working on multiple machines.

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