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Sitting at a desk and working on a computer seems like a harmless occupation, but it can be stressful on your body. Physicians and ergonomic experts have some suggestions to keep you feeling well.
Computers and keyboards have turned repetitive stress injuries like tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome from little-known ailments to the number one job-related illness in the country. -OSHA
Is staring at your computer monitor burning your eyes? Is sitting in your chair all day giving you a backache? Are your fingers numb from typing, clicking, and scrolling? Welcome to the ranks of the working wounded-not the construction workers who forgot to wear their hard hats, or the movers who pulled their backs lifting refrigerators, but the millions of office workers who suffer serious ailments from sitting in front of their computers all day long.
Seems like a harmless occupation, but sitting at a desk and working on a computer can be stressful on your body. It might surprise you to know that sitting puts more strain on your back than standing, or even lifting. And with people spending more and more time sitting in front of their computers, cases of eyestrain, back problems, and repetitive stress injuries afflicting hands, wrists, and necks are increasingly common.
The Number One Job-Related Illness
How do you know if you have a repetitive stress problem? For many people who work at keyboards, it begins with a dull ache in the wrists and forearms. Pain, stiffening, and numbing then spread to the hands and fingers. If you find yourself stopping work to massage your hands and arms, you might have a bigger problem than simple fatigue. Repetitive stress injuries can damage tendons, nerves, or muscles.
Treatment for RSI ranges from rest and exercise, to braces and anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone, and even surgery. But some common sense can help, too. Physicians recommend that people who work sitting down and in front of a computer should take frequent breaks, stretch and move around, and avoid repeating the same tasks for hours on end.
Ergonomics Can Help
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