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Why Ergonomics?

Overuse of a computer can contribute to discomfort and pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck and other parts of the body. In addition to overuse, these problems can be caused by poor posture and awkward positioning of your input devices.

Wrist Pain

Repetitve strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, have also been attributed to excessive use of a computer. Typically, these syndromes can result in pain, such as wrist pain or elbow pain. These pain syndromes are often triggered by specific movements - such as twisting the wrist to press the Enter key. However, the pain can also be experienced when the joint is at rest.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, perhaps the best known of the repetitive strain injuries, can result in wrist pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the fingers and thumb, and swelling of the hand. In severe cases Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can result in a loss of grip strength, which is often characterized as "being clumsy" as the afflicted person often drops things or has difficulty picking up objects.

Changing the way you sit at the computer, the position of the computer and the computer's input and output devices may help you to reduce the discomfort you feel while operating the computer.

Lingering Problems

Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow, take awhile to develop. Usually, the first symptoms are pain and discomfort, which we ignore because we have deadlines to meet and a job to do. The incremental damage done as we work through the discomfort can eventually lead to a full-blown injury. By the time we seek medical assistance the problem is severe.

The best advice that anyone can heed: don't wait until you are in agony before seeking a solution to the problem.

Not a Cure

Ergonomic products are not a cure for a medical problem. Ergonomic products help you to reduce the stresses that are contributing to your problem. This is done by providing a different way of working.

See your Doctor

This site does not provide diagnostic or referral advice. In all cases, if you are experiencing new or different symptoms then it is strongly recommended that you see your physician.

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Ergonomic Advice

These pages are for information purposes only. They are not designed to provide a diagnostic service or to recommend treatment. If you are experiencing problems or discomfort using a computer you should seek the advice of your physician.

Problems related to the operation of a computer usually manifest themselves in the following areas:

I experience difficulty or need advice regarding:

  1. Doing other Office Tasks (not related to computer)
  2. Keyboarding or Typing
  3. Operating a Mouse
  4. Reading/Viewing Source Documents
  5. Using a Laptop
  6. Viewing the computer monitor
  7. Working while reclined
  8. Working while standing
  9. Writing

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