Upper extremity, shoulder, hand and back discomfort can result from improper or prolonged use of the mouse.



  • Keep the mouse close to the keyboard.
  • Position the mouse at the same height as the keyboard.
  • If a keyboard tray is used, put the mouse on the keyboard.
  • Use a trackball or alternate style mouse to reduce hand and arm movement.


Mouse use

  • Hold lightly and click without using force.
  • Keep the mouse at the same height and distance as the keyboard.
  • Try switching the mouse to the other hand.
  • Keep the ball on the bottom of the mouse clean.
  • Adjust the mouse speed settings as necessary.
  • Use the mouse scroll wheel when moving through documents.