Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a workplace-related condition commonly experienced by people who use a computer mouse.
Involving nerve entrapment in the wrist, CTS often is the result of prolonged and repetitive use of a computer mouse. The condition affects the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.
Experiencing CTS symptoms – such as burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers – people understandably turn to medical doctors and/or chiropractors for a solution.
5 SMART MEASURES
However, Dr. Mandarino and Mandarino Chiropractic say preventative measures should not be overlooked and the chances of developing CTS when using a computer mouse may be diminished by heeding these tips from the American Chiropractic Association:
- Don’t move the mouse with just your wrist. Use your entire arm and shoulder.
- Don’t rest your arm on the edge of the desk while manipulating the mouse.
- Hold the mouse loosely.
- Keep your wrist relaxed. Don’t hold it up or down; instead, hold it in a neutral (straight) position.
- Step away from the mouse several times per hour and move your wrists, arms, and shoulders around.