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Choosing the right ergonomic mouse for carpal tunnel syndrome

How to choose the right mouse for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

We live in a world full of options and some would say we have too many options. Many people don’t bother getting the right computer ergonomic mouse for their needs because of the amount of research that is required in order to choose the correct ergonomic device. Do you choose a no brand wireless vertical ergonomic mouse or better paying the extra money and choosing a Microsoft mouse?

This guide is designed to assist you in choosing the right option and hopefully prevent you from getting the pain or reducing/removing any pain you might currently be suffering from.  Before we commence, although choosing the best ergonomic mouse is going to assist you is reducing your pain this is not substituted for good old fashion rest and free movement of your hand. With that in mind here are the top tips in choosing the correct mouse.


Right mouse size and right mouse gripcorrect hand size for ergonomic mouse

One size fits all is fantastic for things this like hats or computer chairs but when it comes to computer mice and choosing the best option for carpal tunnel syndrome the right size is critical. Most of the time you are buying these products online to save on the purchase price but you don’t have the benefit of testing the product for fit. So what I recommend in this situation is to get the specification of the ergonomic mouse and make a mold of finding something similar in the house and test the size with your hand. Research suggests that finding a mouse that allows you elbow to be bent and a 90-degree angle and it should be in your hand should be in the  “handshake position”. Another great tool is to look at people's reviews on the website as they generally give you good feedback about choosing the right mouse and their personal experience.

Ergonomic Design

Old style PC mice were not designed with reducing carpal tunnel pain in mind, I can’t imagine when Douglas Engelbart – the inverter of the original computer was thinking about ergonomics design and the potential pain associated with using the standard mouse for a long period of time. An ergonomic mouse should allow the hand to move in complete natural movements. It is important that your hand is not rotated down and your palm is facing sideways in a handshake type position.  This type of mouse designed is commonly referred to a vertical ergonomic mouse.


Price and specification of the mouse

Anytime you are purchasing a product or service your budget is going to be a factor and choosing a carpal tunnel mouse is no different. You have to weigh up if you want all the extra feature that comes with a higher price tag. Certain mice have more buttons in a different position or have buttons that perform certain tasks.  Are you a person where the brand name is important and you want a mouse that your friends and work will recondense and realized you have spent a lot of money on that mouse.

For me personally, the priority should be the ergonomic design, material quality, and specification. Unless you are a gamer and you need a gaming mouse there is no need to spend extra money on features that you don’t need. I hope this guide has helped you make an informed decision about getting the right computer mouse as always if you have

I hope this guide has helped you make an informed decision about getting the right computer mouse as always if you have questions please feel free to drop us a line and we will be happy to assist you with your inquiry.