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Typing and tapping despite hand pain

March 1, 2022

Do stiff hands make it hard to use your smartphone or computer? Try these tips so you can keep using your devices.

close-up of a woman's hands as she uses an app on her smartphone

Thanks to technology, the world is at your fingertips. All it takes is tapping on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard, or clicking with a mouse. That’s not so easy, however, when it irritates underlying conditions, such as tendinitis or arthritis.

"The problem is the repetitive movement of your fingers on a keyboard or reaching and stretching your fingers on a mouse. With a phone, it’s the repetitive movement with one hand and sustained grasping with the other hand," explains Eve Kennedy-Spaien, clinical supervisor of the Pain Management, Work Injury, and Integrative Medicine Programs at Harvard-affiliated Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital.

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