For some time now, I have been inquiring around about buying an ergonomic mouse because I have some problems with my hands, which are akin to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs in people who use their hands a lot in their daily work, and those who use a computer (mouse and keyboard) all day long are the first to be affected.
The symptoms include tingling and numbness of the fingers, then of the hand and wrist, arm and even shoulder (i.e., “writer’s cramp”). It is a little-known malady, but it is still badly affecting more and more people as the computer has taken up such a large part of our daily lives. This syndrome should not be taken lightly, and we should not underestimate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as cortisone, or even an operation. We may even be forced to change jobs.
The solution: Change your work station to include the ergonomic mouse. I am about to buy one, and right now three models have caught my attention:
1 — Ergonomic Mouse Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3:
According to all the opinions that I have read on the Internet, it seems that the Evoluent Vertical Mouse is the best on the market. It is a vertical mouse, which keeps the wrist in a natural position, without rotating your forearm. The problem is that it is difficult to find outlets that sell this mouse in Canada unless you order it online directly from the Evoluent site at www.evoluent.com. In USA, no problem, evoluent mouse is available at Amazon.com : Evoluent Right Hand VerticalMouse 3 – Silver / Black
2 — The Mouse Joystick: Anir Vertical Mouse, Or Ergonomic Mouse 3M:
This mouse is definitely more difficult to manage because it is really different, but once you work with it enough for it to feel familiar in your hand, it is very comfortable to use. The 3M product is available at Amazon.com: 3M Ergonomic Mouse SMALL/MEDIUM
3 — Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000:
The ergonomic wireless mouse from Microsoft seems to be a good fit because it works well with the Evoluent Vertical Mouse, in an upright position, which relieves the wrist and carpal tunnel area. The mouse buttons are also programmable. Available in most stores. Canada: FutureShop for example. USA: available at Amazon.com: Microsoft 69K-00001 Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
There are a few other factors that should be taken into consideration to adapt your work station to a comfortable one. For example, you can also change:
— the mouse pad. For an optimal solution that reduces friction to the maximum, you can opt for pure Teflon sheets, or PTFEs (polytetrafluoroethylene).
— the keyboard. The ergonomic keyboard is the best choice among all stores.
If some of you have tips or experiences with the ergonomic mouse, feel free to leave a comment!