Advice about using a computer mouse

Hi all, my first posting.

I've recently been diagnosed with OA and am trying to make life a little easier. I use my laptop very frequently - I'm a researcher - and need to look at a different mouse to the one I'm currently using. At the moment I'm using the traditional type of mouse I've used for many years and now getting quite a lot of pain doing this.

It's been suggested that an ergonomic mouse may help. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this?

I'd really appreciate thoughts on this.




  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 940

    Hi @Bonnington and welcome to the Community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that will be your experience as well.

    I know what you mean about mice. I have Osteoarthritis in my hands and mice can be a problem. I've tried ergonomic mice and they do help. Also changing form one to the other frequently I find also helps

    We cannot endorse a particular one on the Community but have a look around - I think they certainly help.

    Best wishes


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  • Bonnington
    Bonnington Member Posts: 2

    Very many thanks, Peter.

    Your comments about ergonomic mice and changing mice frequently are something I'll bear in mind.

    Kindest Regards


  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,565

    I use an ergonomic mouse @Bonnington and I swear by it. Obviously as Peter says I can't name it but it makes life far more comfortable.

    Best of luck


  • ChrisG9
    ChrisG9 Member Posts: 5

    I also use a mouse rest as support which works well for me. If you get the opportunity try to test ergonomic mice first. I have OA in my wrists and hands and some ergonomic mice aggravated the pain even more as they forced my hand into an uncomfortable position

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 449

    Hi @Bonnington

    Before I retired I used a mouse mat with a wrist rest which was brillliant. If you're using a traditional keyboard it is best to have it at an angle rather than flat as well.


  • I love my mouse , you hold side ways not over the top so much better for the wrist joint.


  • karynkai
    karynkai Member Posts: 1


    I just joined this community after finding it when doing a search on laptop mouse touchpad alternatives. I am having severe elbow pain with my laptop, which I guess is similar to tennis elbow. I’ve been experimenting with using my left hand, of course, but I’m also experimenting with turning my palm face-up and using my knuckles on the touchpad. Does anyone have experience doing this? I couldn’t feel anything on Google related to this “upside down” way of using the mouse pad.

    (I also discovered on Google that sometimes a vertical mouse is recommended but I haven’t tried that yet.)

  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,565

    Welcome to the online community @karynkai

    Two of us moderators have sideways mice if that's what you mean by vertical a more natural position for the hand to rest I think.

    I think your knuckle method very interesting too.

    Do have a look at these threads on the subject of computer mice

    Best wishes