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Is using your computer becoming a "Pain in the Neck"?


Is using your computer becoming a "Pain in the Neck"?


This question was answered on June 15, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

According to Orthopedic Physician Dr Culley Christensen: * Most computer users will have complaints of neck, upper back, wrist or elbow pain * Incorrect postures and equipment positioning are primarily the cause of most complaints * Creating a user-friendly workstation can help to eliminate problems before they get started

Tips for creating a more user-friendly workstation:

1 make sure your monitor is positioned at eye-level

2 make sure your chair contains an adequate lumbar support area

3 desk and equipment should be aligned to enhance a head's up and shoulder's back position

4 if using a keyboard use a keypad support or pad to eliminate wrist pain/strain

5 if using a mouse or joystick make sure your arm is supported or resting on the desk to avoid pain/strain in your wrist, elbow, shoulder and possibly even neck areas

* Some symptoms can be alleviated or eliminated by correct posture and equipment positioning

* Stretching exercises to the affected areas can aid in overuse symptoms * Persistent symptoms should be evaluated and treated by an orthopedic physician If you are currently suffering from any overuse symptoms as described above or otherwise, you may want to contact your physician.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on June 15, 1999