Wrist pain, Hand Pain or Finger Pain and Computer Equipment are closely linked and pain can be a sign of computer posture related Repetitive Strain Injury. Its effects can become chronic if not attended to and so it is important to not put off acting to address the problems.
Wrist Pain, Hand Pain or Finger Pain you should seek medical advice promptly. The most likely cause is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tendonitis
Referred Wrist Pain
A less likely cause of wrist pain or hand pain but a potential cause can be referred pain from nerve entrapment somewhere else on the nerve’s path – such as the arm, elbow, shoulder or neck. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or Cervical Osteoarthritis are examples of potential causes of referred pain but investigation to determine a proper diagnosis is important before starting significant treatment.
Avoiding Further Injury
You should take precautions immediately to avoid causing further injury. All wrist and hand RSI conditions have a high degree of tendon fatigue in them and so benefit from using an ergonomic vertical mouse and compact keyboard.
See below for more general information that might be of help regarding computer use and avoiding RSI conditions; what are the appropriate tools for avoiding costly and painful injuries that can arise.
Good Computer Posture
- Maintain good posture – check these items:-
- Adjustable height seat
- Lumber support
- Screen at arms length
- Top of screen no higher than your eyes
- Wrists should be in line with your forearm and hand, not at an angle, when using keyboard and mouse
- Upper arm should be by your side and your inner elbow should be just about touching your side. Your forearm should be near horizontal and directly in front of your side. Numeric and function keypads on keyboards make this difficult to achieve and the tensed twisted arm posture is a major cause of RSI conditions.
This is why we strongly recommend a vertical ergonomic mouse and compact ergonomic keyboard
- Thankfully highly effective software to monitor your posture exists using a webcam to spot when your posture ‘goes off’
- Keep moving and don’t maintain any fixed posture for long periods. You need to move your body around a bit. Physiotherapists suggest, humorously, that a seat with upturned pins on it is ideal…ensuring you didn’t sit there for long!
- Other tools and aids relevant to computer posture RSI conditions generally are below. :
- A pull-along laptop/office bag considerably reduces the twisting action on your upper back and shoulder area if you carry a shoulder bag with a laptop or even a substantial lunch box in it!
- Vibration and massage therapy can bring fast relief to RSI pain caused by tight muscles.
- A telephone headset eliminates the strain placed on your neck, shoulder and arm, particularly if you hold a handset between your cheek and shoulder.
- Software that types for you gives the wrists, arm, elbow and neck a rest through being able to dictate emails, reports etc.