View Full Version : Any suggestions of how to deal with RSI?

11-18-2011, 06:57 PM
Suffering it from it very badly now, and getting out of breath as I type this.

Do RSI type keyboards and mice really work?

If I can't sort the pain out or reduce it, I won't be able to work much longer :mad:

11-18-2011, 07:04 PM
I can't speak from first hand experience, but one of my customers swears by his ergo keyboard. He also converted his work space to an adjustable standing desk and says that it helps tremendously for wrist and back pain.

11-18-2011, 07:28 PM
RSI? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXUM40PuWYI)

Cadishead Computers
11-18-2011, 07:33 PM
If your getting pins and needles in your fingers Ian, then there's a good chance it's carpal tunnel syndrome, instead of RSI.

Easiest thing, is to go to your gp, and do a couple of simple tests. If its confirmed as CTS, then a small procedure to release the pressure of the median nerve may be done.

This has worked for me,. I've had both my hands done, and its fantastic now :).

Have a look at my blog post about it.

Cadishead Computers
11-18-2011, 07:40 PM

Repetitive Strain Injury.

11-18-2011, 07:41 PM
It is more of a constant ache rather than pins and needles and I get exhausted just by typing, yet I could walk 5 miles now without any issue.

11-18-2011, 08:23 PM
I had it badly with my mouse arm. I changed mouse and tried swapping hands etc. The advice you get from various websites etc really does work. A lot of it is about your arm position. It's best to get professional advice from your doc. Get referred to occupational health.

11-18-2011, 08:36 PM
I had a similar problem in the past. Was advised to place my hand on the mouse rather than grasping it with my fingers. This way you move your arm when moving the mouse and not just your wrist. Worked for me. Hope this makes sense !

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11-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by eHousecalls.ca
RSI? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXUM40PuWYI)Repetitive Strain Injury.You didn't even click the link, did you? :o

Cadishead Computers
11-18-2011, 09:57 PM
You didn't even click the link, did you? :o

Fraid I didn't Xander. Sorry mate. Will do in a mo though :)

11-18-2011, 10:08 PM
I had it after years of using a laptop touch pad right handed and it is painful. I started then to use a mouse left handed all the time and it eventually sorted itself out.

11-18-2011, 11:00 PM
I drove down to ASDA before and feel a bit better now. Still working though, got to get all the machines out before the funeral on Monday and I cannot get the sound to bloody work on one machine.

11-19-2011, 01:46 AM
Sort of OT, but not, I have issues with tennis elbow in my right arm, believed to have been gotten in February this year when shoveling after a heavy snowstorm. However, it's quite possible that since I've been working on computers for over 10+ years, that hasn't helped the situation either. So, what I have done is switch to a trackball instead of a mouse; those minute movements I had to make with a mouse were definitely felt on the outer part of my right elbow after the injury. Now, I don't have that issue with using the trackball. Again, YMMV.

11-19-2011, 04:16 AM
Suffering it from it very badly now, and getting out of breath as I type this.

Do RSI type keyboards and mice really work?

If I can't sort the pain out or reduce it, I won't be able to work much longer :mad:

my right wrist pretty much wrecked for using a mouse years ago. Nowadays I am a lefty with mouse (even for gaming!)

My take on RSI: POSTURE is the most important factor. If you read up on it what you find is that there are natural lines of position between forearm->wrist->fingers. Its critical if you are getting pains to look at this positioning and to ensure that your 'lines' are correct. Just a few mm either side can result in an injury if you are prone.

As far as mice go, a trackball is a great example of an alternative to a mouse, as is a touchpad. Both use totally different mechanics, so are viable solutions if you have RSI from mouse use.

To round this up, after having been very ill with it (both wrists) I can now use a normal keyboard and mouse, as long as I monitor my wrists and wrest if I need to, and also use proper posture (arm wrests on chair, desk at proper height, proper alignment between forearm, hands, and fingers, and the correct-sized mouse). I can still only use left-hand for mouse, but thats not an issue as Im now so used to it that it actually feels unnatural if I try to use r/h on customers computers (!) :)

Seriously, though. This isnt the place to sort it. Your best course of action from here is (1) READ everything you can on computer overuse syndrome and computer ergonomics and get yourself along to a medical professional for a referral to a specialist in computer-related injury ASAP.

The longer you leave it the worse it will likely get and therefore harder to recover from. Its serious stuff and at its worst can leave you with a significant disability - not something to take lightly. I suggest you do something about it ASAP.

Best of luck.

11-19-2011, 11:19 AM
It's best to get ergonomic equipment. But also taking frequent breaks helps. I have an RSI related to computer work, it's a slightly pinched nerve in my neck. I went to rehab for it, got some great info and exercises, but unfortunately for me, I stopped doing them like an idiot. Lately the irritation has returned and am trying to get back into the habit of doing the rehab exercises.

I use a split ergo keyboard from Microsoft, and a regular InteliMouse Explorer 3.0 from Microsoft. My chair is horrible, my back slumps over a lot. I wish I owned an Aeron chair. But just take frequent breaks if you can, and try to get some ergo equipment as that seems to have saved my wrists the most.

11-19-2011, 05:59 PM
a guy I used to work with suffered serious RSI problems in his Right hand and he used to use a mouse that looked like a joystick http://www.tsi-europe.com/productInfo.aspx?catRef=V3M02569 I have never used one myself and it looked a little unauthordox to use but he would take it to site with him and if he was going to be onsite for a while then he would disconnect the customers mouse and use his own.

11-19-2011, 07:24 PM
I have just fitted this new shelf to the front of my main desk so I can now use the keyboards and mice without having to stretch and should improve my general posture.


Will go to the docs on Tuesday about it.

11-19-2011, 10:59 PM
Suffering it from it very badly now, and getting out of breath as I type this.:

I find the "out of breath" concerning.

I dont know. What does RSI have to do with lung capacity ?

I've followed your posts for quite a while and wish you well.

Get thee to a medical practitioner pronto. :)

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