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Operating a Mouse: Hand, Wrist and Thumb Pain while Holding a Mouse

The standard mouse requires that it be gripped by the operator between the thumb and the fourth and fifth fingers. This grip must be sustained for prolonged periods, especially in mouse intensive applications such as surfing the Internet or working with graphics design software. This prolonged gripping is often referred to as a static grip, as it does not change while the mouse is being operated.

This gripping can be a problem for people who have strength or dexterity problems, and it can also contribute to issues such as repetitive strain injury. There are a number of products designed to address this issue, including:

Mouse alternatives that do not need to be held:

Mouse alternatives that are contoured or vertical: