I had surgery on my right hand four years ago. After several
years of pain and many attempts to fix the issues on my own, I went
to a hand surgeon. The result was a reconstructive surgery to
remove a cyst, fix nerve endings, and restore feeling in my little
finger. All of this because of my incorrect use of a computer
When the surgeon noted that he "has never seen a hand this old
on somebody this young," I realized how important it is to use a
computer mouse properly. Most of us, especially people with office
jobs, spend so much of our days in front of our computers. We grip
the mouse for too long and too tightly. I did it for years, and my
computer mouse became my enemy. Let's look at several tips on
proper wrist posture and computer mouse use so it does not happen
Wrist posture …
No matter what kind of computer mouse use you, the optimal
position for your hand is to keep your wrist neutral-no bending or
tilting up or to the side. The image below will give you a visual
of this tip.
Hand posture …
A computer mouse is surely going nowhere without your hand so
hold onto it gently as you move it over a surface.
Your whole forearm should be engaged while moving a mouse
controlled mouse movements using your elbow as the pivot point and
keep your wrist straight and neutral.
Ensure that the blood in your wrist is properly circulating by
keeping your wrist in the air. The wrist area has exposed blood
vessels near the skin, and pressure in this area can disrupt
circulation into the hand.
Be picky about your mouse. You should choose a design that fits
your hand. Look for options that are as flat as possible to reduce
My personal experience is a driving force for a better care for
my hands. I also realize that I will most likely spend many more
hours in front of my computer. Hence, I will keep using a computer
mouse. The tips above have helped me, and I hope they will help