What is Mouse Arm Syndrome?

Mouse Arm Syndrome is the symptoms, pain conditions, and discomfort in the hand, arm, and shoulder, experienced by computer workers that are subject to repetitive strain using the mouse and keyboard.


The symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Pins and needles in the hand
  • Swelling of the hand and wrist
  • Tightness of the muscles in the shoulder, forearm and hand
  • Calcification of the tendons that run over the wrist joint for chronic cases

Exercises for to prevent Mouse Arm Syndrome


Pectoralis Stretch/Chest Stretch

  1. Place your arm on the wall and straighten your elbow as shown above.
  2. Turn your upper body away from the stretch side.
  3. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat for 3 repetitions.


Mid row with a theraband

    1. Place your theraband on the door knob or handle as shown above.
    2. Pull the theraband backwards and squeeze your shoulder blades.
    3. Repeat slowly for 10 repetitions for 3 sets.

      Wrist stretch

  1. (Wrist Extension) Bend your wrist upwards with elbow straighten as shown above.
    (Wrist Flexion) Bend your wrist downwards with elbow straighten as shown above.
  2. Pull your hands towards your body.
  3. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat for 3 repetitions.


Ullman, J., Kangas, N., Ullman, P., Wartenberg, F., & Ericson, M. (2003). A New Approach to the Mouse Arm Syndrome. International Journal Of Occupational Safety And Ergonomics9(4), 463-477. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2003.11076583


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