Repetitive Motion Injury

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The age of digital photography has given me a problem that would not have occurred back in the film and darkroom era – namely, repetitive motion injury from processing images on the computer in Photoshop. Hence, my upload of work over the next while will be very small as I am to avoid computer use. My computer set-up is ergonomically correct, yet it still happened. Voice activated Photoshop hasn’t arrived yet, so I am not sure how to proceed if I still wish to process my images. I am sure this problem has occurred with other digital photographers and I am looking for any comments, solutions, or insights. Cheers and thanks.

Photo credits: Ken Backer.

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February 01, 2013


I thank everyone for their help and suggestions. I have purchased a trackball mouse and will try a wristbrace. I also had two cold laser therepy sessions and that has helped. I wonder what problems people are going to develope with their thumbs from all the texting....
Cheers and Thanks

January 31, 2013


I use a wacom tablet, and for me the chage to digital it was perfect, because I'm allergic to chemicals =

January 31, 2013


I have used the trackpad on my Dell laptop for years of shooting weddings and ahve not had any problems. I do still use the mouse for fine adjustments.

January 31, 2013


I switched over to an apple magic trackpad instead of a mouse, not perfect for fine control work on photoshop, but it allows me to rest me hand on the desk and just use finger movement to do control the cursor.

January 30, 2013


Try yoga, or you can hire someone to do the editing if you cannot. Take care of yourself in all ways, that includes food and getting enough rest! Good luck in healing!

January 30, 2013


Ken - Try buying a wrist brace (any pharmacy will have them) that restricts your range of motion. Helps heal and prevent future strain. Hope that help, K-

January 30, 2013


Too bad, I hope you get better soon.

January 30, 2013


I suppose what you mean is RSI?
Have you ever tried to work with a trackball mouse?
A drawing tablet perhaps?
When searching: Thumb Mouse or Ring Mouse with Google you can also find different solutions.

Personally I work a lot with the computer and what I do is at the first sign of pain is:
-Have a break immidiately
- Change my working position (chair, table, position of monitor, position of keyboard and mouse).
-Try to find a position for your arm and hand that is total relaxing when not active.

And be aware to hold arm and hand relaxed when not active!
Often I find myself holding minimal tension on arm and hand muscles holding the mouse when reading a page, scrolling down or something. Wrong way to concentrate!
It is very important to listen to your body and try to prevent. Don’t ever ignore pain with RSI!
Otherwise it will come back again and again.
Perhaps you’ve tried all this already. Hopefully you find a solution that works for you!
Sorry for my bad English!

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