This post is an update from my earlier entry here, where I was looking for a product or solution that would help the tendonitis I am experiencing with my right wrist and forearm. I had stumbled across a wrist device called a ‘Wrist Donut’ and had been using that, though have since swapped from the ‘original’ wrist donut model to a version of it, by the same company, called the ‘gamer’. This particular model is about twice as wide, though not quite a high, but I have found this far more comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time. The ‘original’ wrist donut I found to be a little hard on the under-side of my wrist, with the extra width found in the ‘gamer’ model distributing the pressure and surface area against my wrist.
Below: the ‘original’ wrist donut (left) and the ‘gamer’ model (right).
Below: my new ‘Gamer’ Wrist Donut – I normally wear it a little closer to front of my wrist, though had to take a photo with one hand.
Below: the original ‘Standard’ type Wrist Donut – notice how it is narrower.
Another change to my work area has been the introduction of an ergonomic vertical mouse. I was made aware of the existence of vertical mice by Jeet Bhatia, a reader of TechHead, who mentioned that he had been using a Evoluent vertical mouse and found it very beneficial. After some further investigation I opted for a cheaper model of a vertical mouse (ZeleSouris Wired Ergonomic Vertical Mouse),just to make sure it worked for me, which I bought off of Amazon. My Apple Magic Mouse has now been relegated to my tech drawer in preference of my new purchase.
I’ve been using the vertical mouse for about 3 weeks now and after a short period of getting used to controlling the mouse cursor with my wrist and arm in a different position, I don’t feel limited in the control I have over the mouse cursor on the screen. This was originally a concern for me as I do quite a bit of graphical work and I did wonder if I still be able to obtain those small pixel perfect micro-mouse movements, I needn’t have worried.
With a vertical mouse most of the mouse movement comes from your upper arm and shoulder, and also has the added benefit of keeping your forearm in a ‘neutral’ position. This is instead of introducing a twist to your forearm as found when using a conventional style mouse (see image below).
So in summary, I’m very happy with my new gamer wrist donut and vertical mouse arrangement, and can happily say I am experiencing much less discomfort since adopting these new items into my daily work routine. The other thing I now do, which has made a massive difference, is sleeping with a supportive wrist brace. I now no longer wake with very painful tendonitis along my wrist and forearm. I am hoping that at this rate, in a couple of months time, my tendonitis would have passed though I will continue to use the donut and vertical mouse if/when this happens.