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Are Your Fingers Hurting?

By Vivia Allanson

Man with finger pain

Laptops, Texting, Tablets are now part of daily life in the ever emerging digital age. Like it or hate it, it's our fingers that are getting the workout. With many of us spending endless hours sitting and staring at our computer screens.

At some point in time most of us are bound to experience symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI, ranging from stiff shoulders, sore arms to swelling and inflammation of the muscles or tendons.

Now there is a new syndrome on the rise, Stenosing tenosynovitis commonly known as Trigger Finger. Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a painful condition that affects the tendons in the hand. The tendon gets stuck and the finger clicks or locks.

Early detection of RSI can generally be corrected by relatively simple treatments such as improving posture, exercise and diet, however the scales are being tipped, never before have we spent so much time on our computers and other mobile devices. Where ever we go our new technology follows, it's fair to say technology has taken over our lives and changed it forever.

Socializing now dominated by Facebook and Twitter, finance by Internet banking and Trading and the eBay sparked frenzy of online shopping is just the tip of the iceberg. Online dating, gaming and gambling is becoming so popular, people from all walks of life across the globe are jumping online.

So this begs the question How can I protect myself and prevent injury after-all, for a lot of us, using a computer is our livelihood. Fortunately there is some innovative software on the market that can change how you use the mouse to prevent and recover from RSI.

Pain in the hands from overuse of a mouse

This brings me to the case of office worker Leo who was unable to work when he developed pain in the hands from excessively clicking the mouse. Leo works all day filling in insurance forms at his Insurance company. Leo's work situation had become so bad he described it as follows

"The job requires constant mouse use and very little keyboarding in comparison, and sometimes I'm just not sure how much more I can click the mouse button."
Leo had sought help from the medical industry which had left him with medical complications and limited knowledge of his condition. Having exhausted his options, Leo made the decision to try something different.

Leo downloaded and installed Auto Mouse which allowed him to operate the mouse without clicking the mouse buttons. He could let the mouse click automatically when it stopped moving, or he could click a mouse button on and off by using a hotkey. This allowed him to continue working without the unbearable pain. He describes this as follows

"That really helps me out. At this point, I would go as far as to say that I don't know how I could continue my (new) job for very long without Auto Mouse because it's taking my body so long to try and recover from my last flare-up of RSI."

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