A few years ago I started getting these weird pains in my wrist and fingers.
It took me a few months to start looking into it and I ultimately realized that I was probably suffering from the beginning stages of carpal tunnel.
Rather than letting it get worse I decided to start using a mouse and so began my search for the best mouse for carpal tunnel.
In this post I want to cover some helpful tips on how to choose a mouse if you’re suffering from finger and wrist pain as well as reveal my recommendations for some of the best mouse options that I came across.
In A Hurry? This Is The Best:
- TRACKBALL COMFORT Sculpted shape supports your hand and stays in one place move the cursor without moving your arm
- CONVENIENT CONTROLS Easy to reach Back/Forward buttons makes moving quickly between documents or browsing your favorite Web sites a breeze
- LONG BATTERY LIFE With up to 18 months of use from a single AA battery, you might just forget your trackball uses batteries at all
- EASY TO CLEAN Should you need to clean your trackball, removing the ball is a snap
- PLUG'N'PLAY CONNECTION Nano sized Logitech wireless unifying receiver stays in your computer plug it in, forget it, even add compatible wireless devices without multiple USB receivers.Wireless operating distance: Approx 10 meters
I tried a few different options and it was ultimately the Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse that I settled on.
I can’t say for sure but after using this mouse along with a good keyboard most of the problems in my wrist and fingers went away and I consider it to be one of the best vertical mouse for carpal tunnel options I’d recommend.
I also started dictating and I would recommend looking into that as well.
I like the Anker because it stays stationary and it’s only one finger that moves to use the tracking ball while the hand itself doesn’t move at all.
For the buttons it’s the thumb and middle or ring finger that get used and it’s even possible to use the trackball with two fingers depending on how you want to use it.
I even learned how to use the mouse with both my left and right hand so if I’m ever suffering from any pain I can easily switch over.
The mouse itself is quite large but it fits nicely in the palm of my hand and the cord is long enough that I can lay down in bed or lean back from the desk and keep using it.
I find that the trackball is quite accurate and it’s great for me to use for photo and video editing, so much so that I hate whenever I have to use a “normal” laser mouse.
This device would definitely be the option I recommend checking out first if you’re suffering from carpal tunnel symptoms and looking for a device that could offer some relief.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is another mouse that I used as a way to help alleviate my carpal tunnel symptoms.
I like it because it has a much more round and “fuller” profile than the typical mouses and it fit very nicely into the palm of my hand.
When using this mouse my wrist definitely felt better but unlike the Logitech I just mentioned this mouse still has to be moved around physically to use it, rather than just using a finger.
While the overall shape helped with my symptoms the constant movement still caused my wrist to ache a bit.
Another feature I like with the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is that it is comfortable to use and there’s a nice space where the thumb goes, rather than it just hanging out wherever.
The wheel scrolls nicely and the clicking is fairly easy to do.
For those suffering from any wrist or finger pain symptoms this is definitely a mouse I would recommend trying out.
While the Logitech I mentioned first is my favorite the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse is a solid runner-up and offers comfortable and ergonomic use.
Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
The Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse is one that I’ve heard quite a lot about and it seems to be quite popular among those suffering from carpal tunnel issues.
I find it interesting because it takes advantage of a vertical design, so the hand is kept in more of a vertical position while the mouse is being used.
This design helps to keep the wrist in a more natural and ergonomic placement with the thumb resting on the mouse in its own position.
With this mouse there is the possibility to control 5 buttons and it’s well-suited for both gaming or regular office/home use.
As a wireless device it requires batteries to be used and since it uses optical tracking you might need a mouse pad depending on your desk (I have had issues with tracking on shiny material desks).
This is definitely an option to consider for anyone suffering from wrist or hand pain and overall I really find the position of the mouse to offer a suitable ergonomic position for extended use.
Logitech Wireless Trackball
The Logitech Wireless Trackball is similar to the Logitech Trackman that I mentioned first in that it’s possible to use it while the mouse itself remains stationary and only the fingers move.
On the side of the device is a trackball that is thumb controlled so there isn’t any reason to slide around your wrist or move your arm just to control where the pointer goes.
I find that the trackballs are very accurate and it’s a lot easier to maintain a more comfortable and ergonomic position with the wrist when the entire arm or wrist doesn’t have to move often while using the mouse.
This one boasts a 2.4 gigahertz connection and with this it’s possible to take advantage of a wireless range up to 30ft.
The reason that I like these stationary trackball mice so much is that you can lay down in bed, relax on the couch, or find a much more comfortable position in a desk chair without having to worry about being able to move your wrist and hand just to control a mouse.
This mouse is also wireless so it doesn’t require being plugged in to use and it’s possible that the battery can last up to 18 months depending on how often it’s used.
I would definitely recommend checking out the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse if you’re looking to alleviate any wrist or finger pains that you might have and you want to use a mouse that features a trackball and remains in a fixed position while it’s being used.
SHARKK Wireless Ergonomic Vertical Mouse
The SHARKK Wireless Ergonomic is a vertical mouse that helps to promote a natural and ergonomic hand position while it’s being used.
With the vertical position of the hand there is a lot less pressure on the nerves and the veins where the hand meets the wrist and this can help to alleviate symptoms caused by carpal tunnel.
I find that both vertical and stationary mice are much more comfortable to use than the regular ones that typically don’t fit in my hand very well and it was actually a laptop mouse (very small) that I believe lead to some the issues I experienced.
With the SHARKK Wireless Ergonomic Vertical Mouse the hand and arm are kept in a more natural position while it’s being used and not only can this help to relieve finger, hand, and wrist pain but it can also relieve shoulder and neck pain by preventing the shoulder to be as twisted inwards as it might be with a regular mouse.
One of the more unique features of this device is the auto-sleep mode that actually puts the mouse to sleep if it isn’t used for 8 seconds or more to help it save battery.
This is one of my recommendations in regards to using vertical mice for wrist pain and for a better ergonomic mouse use.
Why You Should Avoid a Regular Mouse
For anyone spending an extended period of time sitting in front of a computer or laptop using a regular mouse that doesn’t come with any ergonomic features it’s a good idea to consider upgrading.
The reason why carpal tunnel and it’s uncomfortable symptoms are caused is because of the pressure that’s placed on the underside of the wrist along with a reduced range of motion when using a regular mouse.
With the regular ones it’s likely that the underside of your wrist is completely sitting on the desk with the pressure of your arm and the weird angle of your hand putting a lot of stress right in that specific area.
It’s this repeated stress that eventually leads to wrist pain, finger pain, fatigue, and eventually carpal tunnel.
An easy solution to any of these symptoms is to use a mouse that doesn’t cause for the wrist to be so low to the desk and bent at an angle where the nerves and veins are compressed.
The larger ergonomic mice work in this regard by placing the pressure across the entire palm of your hand with the wrist essentially floating slightly off the ground.
The vertical mice also work similarly by keeping the wrist in a much more suitable and healthy ergonomic position without placing any pressure in one small area.
Along with changing the mouse a better keyboard should be considered and a laptop stand (if you’re using a laptop) should be as well.
There are also plenty of articles online on how to sit properly at the desk, the best angles for a keyboard and monitor to be at, and how to improve posture while working at a laptop or keyboard in the office.
Tips for Using a Computer Mouse
- Find a mouse that’s comfortable to hold and easy to use
- Rather than gripping it tightly simply hold it gently in your hand and use it over smooth surfaces
- Avoid any pressure in the area between the hand and wrist – keep it elevated and don’t rest all your weight on it when working
- Take breaks every 30 minutes – get up, shake your hands out and stretch a bit before sitting back down