We are a society that spends more and more time sitting in front of a computer. It is not surprising then that the number of injuries resulting from improper ergonomic set up of work stations is on the rise.
Ergonomic disorders are the fastest growing category of work-related injury. The cost to both employees and employers is staggering. For instance, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a nerve disorder that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the wrist, results in the highest number of days off among computer operators and cashiers.
Poor sitting posture at work stations is another source of work related discomfort. When the bones of the body are not properly aligned, muscles, joints and ligaments take more stress than they can handle. Poor posture can cause fatigue in the neck and back muscles leading to muscle strain, disc problems and impingement of the shoulder tendons.
An ergonomic assessment of your work station by a registered physiotherapist can help you optimize your comfort at work and decrease your risk of injury.
- Is your office chair the right height?
- Is your lower back properly supported while sitting?
- Is your keyboard and monitor in the correct position?