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Poll: Your top tip for beating wrist pain is:
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aliyucel  Identity Verified
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Ergonomic mouse Aug 17, 2011

I think an ergonomic mouse would also help.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I don't have any Aug 17, 2011

By which I mean that I don't have wrist pain, not that I don't have any top tips.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Fortunately Aug 17, 2011

I do not have wrist pains. But reading / participating on past polls, voice recognition software seems to be a good choice. Have not had a chance to use those yet, but may come...

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Switching mouse hands Aug 17, 2011

I've had a frozen shoulder for the last 6 months and have learnt to use the mouse with both hands. It was very awkward to begin with but after a few days I managed to control it with my left hand almost as well as with my right.

Maybe swapping hands would help wrist pain too?


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
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Ergonomic mouse Aug 17, 2011

I had nasty wrist (and hand) pain until I started using a 'vertical' ergonomic mouse. It was expensive, around € 70, but it really does work as it puts your arm in a more natural position. When horizontal to the desk your wrist is in an unnatural twisted position, which is what leads to problems. Every time I revert to a normal mouse the pain comes back.

I also use gel wrist pads for both mouse and keyboard which help too.

[Edited at 2011-08-17 09:30 GMT]


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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Cured! Aug 17, 2011

I used to suffer from severe pain in my hands after prolonged sessions of typing and mouse-using. I invested in voice recognition software and now use gel wrist rests for both keyboard and mouse pad and did various exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen my wrists and hands. I have had no further problems for two or three years.



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Andrei Yefimov  Identity Verified
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Some tips Aug 17, 2011

I was unlucky to develop this condition. My disease aggravated up to the point when I couldn't make a single click without experiencing a great deal of pain. I don't have a solution to fully get rid of it but I have some tips that may help you to stay 'afloat':

Finish all your current projects and take at least one week off.
Start exercising (two or three times throughout a day). These could be just warm-ups of as short as 15 min. Also, consider some other sporting activities. Swimming may be a good bet.
Use ergonomic keyboard + track ball
Use shortcuts rather than making dozens of clicks
Try to switch you hands when using a mouse
Voice recognition software may be a good solution if you are lucky enough to find one that supports your target language
And what is most important: DON'T ACCEPT TOO MUCH JOBS!

P.S. I've read some scary stories where people claim that if you neglect the first symptoms, you could end up being unable to move even the slightest of objects. So, don't think it will pass away by itself.

Good luck!

[Edited at 2011-08-17 10:01 GMT]


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Marta Cervera Areny
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I have ergonomic keyboard and mouse, but wrist exercise is vital Aug 17, 2011

I learned a few exercises from my physical therapist that really helped my wrists when they were hurting so bad!

Holding a small gym weight (0,5-1kg), with my arm resting on a flat surface (a table should do) and leaving the hand hanging out from it, I lift the weight up as much as I can 10-15 times (always stop if it hurts too much), first with my palm facing up, then with the palm facing down. Also, holding the weight from one end, my palm facing down, I swing the weight up slowly turning my fist as much as I can, and then down again.

It takes about 5 minutes a day and it worked miracles for me! I got rid of the pain and I don't do it very often now.

Try it and let me know if the exercises work for you too.


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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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swap mouse position Aug 17, 2011

helps quite a bit

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Teresa Borges
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Warm-up exercises Aug 17, 2011

No pianist starts off playing without doing a few warm-up exercises (my mother is a piano player)…

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Claire Cox
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Dragon Aug 17, 2011

I can't believe that voice recognition software is so low down the list - but then maybe if most people haven't suffered (yet), they won't realise the benefits. I'd got to the stage of changing my keyboard and mouse, using a wrist rest, adjusting the height of my screen, buying a foot rest (all on the advice of a senior chap in the UK Health & Safety Authority), but I was still in agony when I typed for any length of time, despite wearing wrist/elbow supports, acupunture, etc. In desperation I thought I'd try Dragon (Version 9 at the time) and for the princely investment of £50 my life was transformed! It took me no more than half an hour to get going and not only did my RSI disappear, my productivity improved hugely as well as I could dictate far faster than I can type. Admittedly I was accustomed to dictating because I used to dictate my translations for the typing pool when I first started out in-house, but I'd forgotten how much more efficient it is.

I'd recommend it to anyone who's got even the first twinges of RSI - or anyone wanting to improve their productivity. You won't look back! Dragon 11 is a great improvement on previous versions and you can even start without training it if you want to. I had to switch computers recently and my old user file was corrupted for some reason in the switchover, but I started dictating with a new profile and no training and it was absolutely fine.


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xxxStrastran
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Another vote for voice recognition Aug 17, 2011

I started using voice recognition software last year and couldn't do without it! It really was a fantastic investment, and I don't have anywhere near as much wrist pain as I used to.

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Cristina Munari  Identity Verified
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No wrist pain - not yet! Aug 17, 2011

Mary Worby wrote:

By which I mean that I don't have wrist pain, not that I don't have any top tips.


We are a lucky bunch!


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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
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switching mouse with other hand Aug 17, 2011

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

I've had a frozen shoulder for the last 6 months and have learnt to use the mouse with both hands. It was very awkward to begin with but after a few days I managed to control it with my left hand almost as well as with my right.

Maybe swapping hands would help wrist pain too?


I had awful pains and sometimes still have some pain with the right hand tiring so I have regular breaks, and have switched the mouse to the left hand which is fine with it - luckily I'm ambidextrous so was no problem at all

I've found that increasing b6 vit can help and your oligo-elements with omega3, 6 and 9 to give some help.

I've tried years ago voice recognition software but did not find it very good at the time.

as long as I have breaks, good nutrition, and increase interpreting and tuition, I'm ok

for the younger translators, be careful as it can be accumulative over the years

[Edited at 2011-08-17 11:24 GMT]


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