Office Ergonomics-I Hate My Work Station (Part 1)-By Charles Alexander, PT, DPT
by ksumner, July 17, 2020
I Hate My Work Station (Part 1)
Office ergonomics and lifestyle factors have a huge impact over a span of time to our bodies.
The gradual stress and strain of work and our work station can develop tissue fatigue, leading to discomfort, then pain, developing into an injury, and eventually disability. There are things however that can be done to stay symptom free even if you do hate your work stations. These things include being aware of the risk factors that contribute to ergonomic injuries, common pathologies that are seen with ergonomics, and being aware of proper work stations.
General risk factors that will put you at greater risk include: quality of sleep, level of physical fitness, nutrition, history of smoking, and stress. All of these factors can greatly affect the body and the tissue involved with the healing process. Being aware of these factors allows our body to tolerate unwanted tension better and improve the ability to stay ache free.
Common pathologies of improper ergonomics include: shoulder impingement, tennis elbow or lateral elbow pain, thoracic outlet syndrome which can be pain in the shoulder or numbness/tingling into the arm, carpal tunnel which can lead to numbness tingling in the hand/fingers, and muscle spasm of the shoulder or neck. To aid with these issues we look at the workstation.
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