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21Sep/072

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – a fine solution for computer mouse and keyboard users with hand-wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

A repetitive strain injury (RSI), is any of a loose group of conditions resulting from overuse of a tool, usually a computer mouse in addition to a computer keyboard. is a syndrome that affects muscles, tendons and nerves in the hands, arms and upper back. In my case, my doctor detected my problem in the upper back. But the solution I found was in using some other kind of a mouse harware. For a detailed repetitive strain injury description you might read the RSI wikipedia article.

A repetitive strain injury (RSI) could also result in a Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Please see next chapter.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

A carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist resulting in pain and muscle weakness in forearm and hand. For a detailed carpal tunnel syndromedescription you might read the CTS wikipedia article.

My repetitive strain injury medical history

Day and night, I often use my computer as I'm a computer programmer. So by the years, a bad Repetitive Strain Injury evnvolved around my right hand wrist. I thnik many other software developers or other heavy computer users might have the same problem. Not sure you're having RSI? Do you have hard pain in your hand wrist when operating the PC mouse?

Now I'd like to share my experience in solving my repetitive strain injury problem.

First I went to the doctor. Some clear word were spoken:

The repetitive strain injury has to be healed as fast as possible - otherwise it could get chronically! Apparently it's difficult to heal a chronical repetitive strain injury.

My first advice: Do something against it as soon as possible - it's your own wrist!

My repetitive strain injury troubleshooting-cycle

To finally find a good solution for me, I tried about nine different things to fight aginst my RSI.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 1: Use the other hand. Ok this would help a time around 4 month. After that you'l have a repetitive strain injury on this hand. You just reschedule your problem. Actually this is no solution ..... besides, I heard from someone who changed from the right hand to the left hand and then to the foot .....

You have to change the causation, not the sympthoms!

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 2: I tried to use (or to wear) a medical handwrist splint. See it at my hand and read my conclusion. But my RSI with hard wrist pain didn't disappear.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 3: Then I tried to lay my injured wrist on a wrist-rest-supporting-pad. See it under my arm and read my conclusion. But my RSI with hard wrist pain didn't disappear.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 4: After that I tried to exchange my usual mouse against a trackball-mouse. See my trackball and read my conclusion about it. But my RSI with hard wrist pain didn't disappear.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 5: I remembered my doctor who detected my problem in the upper back. So I tried sitting stright up on a funny sitting ball. Read my conclusion. But my RSI with hard wrist pain didn't disappear.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 6: Ok this ball wasn't my thing. I did some handicrafts and build a self-made high standing-desk to reduce RSI symptoms. Great work - look at the red circle and read my conclusion. My RSI with hard wrist pain did get a little better.

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 7: As another little improvement I also used an earphone instead of an usual telephone receiver to uncramp my neck. See it plugged in my telephone and read my conclusion. My RSI with hard wrist pain did get a little better, too .

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 8: It might not only be the mouse - also an unnatural keyboard could be a problem. So I bought a Microsoft Natural Keyboard. See it on my desk and read my conclusion. My RSI with hard wrist pain did get a little better again .

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 9: Mouse and Trackball didn't satisfy me at all. So I thought about trying it with a small and cheap Wacom Volito graphics tablet instead of a mouse/trackball. See it at work and read my conclusion about this great improvement! Actually my RSI with hard wrist pain did get much better!

Repetitive Strain Injury Solution 10: Now, my problem was the too small tablet for my dual-screen monitor. So I spent some money and bought a bigger wacom tablet, an Intuos 3 Graphic Tablet. See it at work and read my conclusion about this absolutely great improvement! Actually my RSI with hard wrist pain went away!

Now I think I'm healed. After all the big Intuos 3 Tablet solved my wrist pain. Also the natural keyboard and the standing desk is supporting my upper back. With this three solutions I was able to beat my Repetitive Strain Injury.

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  1. I liked your article and wondered if you were writing about my experiences or yours.
    I also did the changing hands thing and the timescale was also about 4 months before that hand started to feel the effects.
    I have now developed a hand adjustable desk and a hand adjustable crt monitor stand (also works with flat screens) to complement the freestands. Unfortunately I can’t sell them until the patents are in, but there are definitely people out there like you and myself who could use them.
    Anyway, liked the story, keep it up.

  2. RSI and CTS are serious injuries. I am a Chicago personal injury lawyer who handles work injury claims. The biggest mistake people make is not having their injury looked at by a medical professional right away. Seeking medical treatment and taking preventative measures is the best course of action.


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