Keyboarding with bent wrists, resting wrists on the work surface, and having your elbows like wings away from the body while using keyboard and mouse are a few of the ergonomic risk factors to the above noted areas. Additionally, typing and/or using a mouse at an incorrect height and angle are frequently-found problems in the office ergonomic environment.
Typing with bent wrists, winging of forearms and elbows
Wrists should be kept straight and in-line with the forearms while typing or mousing, not bent up, down, or to the sides. Consider a split keyboard if you have a broad chest to allow for straight alignment at keyboard. (See our Keyboard Section)
Adjust height of chair if feasible, to reach goal of typing and mousing with wrists straight and in-line with the arms. Obtain footrest for support. (See our footrest section)
Consider use of an adjustable keyboard tray with a mouse platform which will provide proper height adjustment of keyboard and mouse. This will allow typing and mousing with a straight wrist and forearm. (See our keyboard platform section)
Resting wrists on the work surface while typing and using a mouse too far of a reach.
Type and mouse on the desk or work surface only if it allows for straight alignment in the wrist and forearm with no winging of the forearms and elbows away from the body. Utilize wrist rests for the keyboard and mouse in this situation. (See our arm and elbow supports section).