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Zach Watkins

I wanted to thank you for writing this article. I am also dealing with workplace injuries, which started about 4 or 5 years ago. I’ve learned that even though the Wacom tablet has a low resistance for clicking, it doesn’t make up for the fact that the hand is no longer resting on anything – which means you have to keep it lifted. After using my Bamboo, mostly without the pen, for 3 years, I can say that using it as my primary mouse is what probably caused the tendonitis in my dominant arm. I have been to physical therapy, do stretches daily, use low weight and high reps for wrist, bicep and tricep exercises, and wear a compression strap around my dominant arm near the elbow. I also use a grip strengthener, since that was recommended to improve the mild arthritis in my fingers. I have used an ergonomic keyboard for almost a year and I couldn’t imagine working full-time at the kind of flat, rectangular keyboard that ships with every PC I can think of. I now use my Wacom for my left hand to ease some work from my right, and use a Logitech trackball mouse for my right hand. I also purchased a chair that can raise the arms and tilt forward to help fine-tune the position of my arms relative to my mouse and keyboard and reduce my tendency to slouch.