Ask Trevor CHT: What's the best ergonomic mouse?

Shawna asks:

"I have Carpal Tunnel. My boss has said that if I can find a good ergonomic mouse or keyboard then he will buy it for me. I don’t really know what I’m looking for.

Do you have any recommendations or tips as to what I should look for in a mouse, and do the cheaper ones work as well as the expensive ones or do you get what you pay for?"

Trevor's answer:

"There are a ton of studies out there that show that ergonomic keyboards and mice, by themselves, have very little effect on repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis when applied to broad populations. That doesn’t mean they don’t work, it just means that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to ergonomic office products.

If you want to try it out for yourself, head over to a store like Office or Best Buy and try out which ones feel best in your hand.

You may want to see if your boss would be willing to bring in a qualified ergonomist to assess your whole work station.

Failing that, you may be able to find a physical/hand therapist in your area that can help you find the solution that works best for you. I’ll often have patients bring in pictures of themselves sitting at their workstations so we can find specific solutions to their unique problems."

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