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Office worker, on computer all day. sometimes i feel a numbness in my left pinky. i use my mouse with right hand. have supports for keyboard and mouse?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ayman Jabr
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Break: Take break often and walk for several minutes every a couple of hours;.
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Take breaks, and..: If keyboard is lower than desk surface, tilt the back edge of the keyboard slightly down. Keep wrists in a neutral (straight) position—not bent up or down. Keep elbows at a slightly open angle-90˚ or greater. Keep shoulders relaxed, and elbows at side. Don't use wrist rests or armrests while typing-only while resting. If you have a broad chest, consider a "split" keyboard.
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Elbow pressure: This symptom is probably caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. It can happen if your arm rest is a little too high.
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
May Help: The keyboard and mouse supports may help, but pinky numbness often comes from nerve compression. That can be at the elbow or wrist, or in rare cases even at the neck. Make sure your elbows and wrists aren't resting on hard surfaces or edges and take frequent breaks to stretch your wrists and arms. If the numbness persists or you develop weakness, see a doctor in person.
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
May Help: The keyboard and mouse supports may help, but pinky numbness often comes from nerve compression. That can be at the elbow or wrist, or in rare cases even at the neck. Make sure your elbows and wrists aren't resting on hard surfaces or edges and take frequent breaks to stretch your wrists and arms. If the numbness persists or you develop weakness, see a doctor in person.

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