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Old 09-01-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I use computers a lot at work and at home. As a Forty-something I worry I''m going to be crippled before I can retire.

One of the things that has always bothered me the most is the mouse. On a desktop I got wrist pain from the mouse, on the laptop the pad makes my thumbs hurt. I mouse with my left hand and change the finger I'm using on the pad frequently, but something about maintaining that tension is tough no matter what I do.

I have used my daughter's kindle but I think because it is fairly small and I have to hold my hands fairly precisely to click on what i want, it didn't seem any better for me.

Has anyone felt that a tablet was less stressful on the hands/wrists?
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Have you tried a pen? I switched to a pen when my hand was bothering me.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:48 PM
 
Location: New York City
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What kind of touchpad are you using on your laptop? The Mac Trackpad is great option—especially because it has a “tap to click” feature so you never use your thumb at all. It’s much easier on your hand, although you have to train yourself not to actually click the mouse. Many people stubbornly refuse to do this and thus miss much of the benefit of using a Trackpad. Apple pioneered the technology and I’m not sure if other touchpads have caught up. I’ve never used one—but I suspect Windows 8 would be easier with a touchpad because it was designed for touch.

Yes, a tablet would be easier on your hands, but it’s not easier for typing. Is really depends on what you’re needs are. Tablets are mainly for content consumption.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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OP, you're wise to try to find some solution to your tendonitis. Because if you keep working yourself into pain, you *will* wind up with a crippled hand! My neighbor didn't know any better and worked with pain for just a few years, and then simply couldn't use theh computer any more.

Can your employer offer you any help with this?

They're difficult to find nowadays, but I've been using a trackball for several years - I switched when the mouse started making my wrist ache. I've tried a few touchpads, including the Mac touchpad, but could never get along with them.

I was in Best Buy last weekend and I saw a thingie that detects your hand motions in the air and translates it to touchscreen commands. Maybe that's a solution for your problem?
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:43 AM
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Location: Ohio
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FWIW, I've found when I do heavy tablet use that my non-dominant hand and wrist have more discomfort than my dominant hand and wrist. It seems to be caused by that hand holding the tablet in position while the dominant hand operates the touchscreen.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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Maybe a laptop or desktop computer with a touch screen could reduce wrist/hand problems better than a tablet.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I don't think it will. One of these "split" keyboards and an ergonomic mouse made a big difference for me.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Netherlands
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yup for sure.I had tried and got successful.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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Get get one of those touchpad mouse replacements from Apple. Totally different experience.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Lots of people with hand disabilities use tablets because they are so much easier to use with bad hands.
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