Tips for Computer-Users: How to Avoid Wrist and Hand Pain and Some Suggestions on How to Relieve Pain
Rule of Thumb: Take immediate action! When wrist pain becomes persistent and more intense, it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention. Only a licensed medical professional can rule out other ailments associated with wrist and hand pain.
You may also try these age-old homemaker's tips:
Ice compress. Cold packs on the inflamed area for 20 minutes each application has been proven to work. However, avoid "burning" the skin by not applying ice packs directly on it. A towel covering the swollen area and the ice pack on top of it does the trick.
Pain Reliever. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers may provide temporary relief; however, if pain persists, it’s better to consult a health-care professional.
Obey a Few Typing Rules:
When typing, relax your hands and fingers. Do not bend your wrists upward as this will put pressure on the carpal tunnels inside your wrists.
Maintain straight alignment of your arms and wrists while your hands are slightly curved on the keyboard.
Mouse-trick:position your mouse as close as possible to the keyboard to minimize effort in reaching out for it.
Keyboardshould be placed below your elbow level keeping your arms and wrists positioned straight on the keyboard.
Go Ergonomics: Choose keyboards, mouse, office desks, chairs and other tools that are suitable to the demands of your job, and should be proportionate to your body type, size and weight.