Common Computer-Related Injuries
Any soreness, discomfort, pain, or syndrome brought on by using a computer is what we refer to when we talk about computer-related injuries. Workplace injuries caused by computers can take many different forms. These can appear as headaches, joint discomfort, muscular spasms, strains, and more.
1. Posture-Related Injuries from Computer Use
While requiring less muscular work than standing, sitting still makes you physically exhausted because you have to hold certain body parts constant for extended periods of time. This decreases blood flow to your muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, which can occasionally cause stiffness and pain. These stable positions might place additional strain on your muscles and joints if a workstation is not correctly set up. Tips:
● Sit at an adjustable desk made specifically for computer use if you want to prevent muscle and joint issues.
● Either place the computer display (screen) at eye level or just below.
● Position your keyboard so that your elbows can rest comfortably at your sides. Your forearms should be level with the keyboard and about parallel to the floor.
● Use a footstool or adjust your chair so that your feet are flat on the ground.
● Choose an ergonomic chair to assist your spine maintain its natural curve when you’re sitting.
● Take frequent, brief breaks to stretch at your desk or go for a walk.
● Stand often
2. Hand or Arm Injuries
Repetitive motions and uncomfortable positions can hurt your muscles and tendons. This is referred to as an “overuse injury” and often affects computer users’ hands, wrists, or elbows. These overuse injuries present with pain, edema, joint stiffness, weakness, and numbness, among other symptoms. Tips:
● Set your keyboard and mouse to the same height.
● Lightly and gently type.
● Avoid working on the computer for extended periods of time by mixing up your tasks.
● When not typing, take your hands off the keyboard to give your arms a rest.
Long periods of sustained eye focus at one distant spot wear you out. Any job done up close places additional stress on your eye muscles because the human eye is structurally designed to gaze at items more than six meters away. Computer users may have symptoms like headaches, temporary difficulty to focus on distant things, and blurred vision. Tips:
● To prevent reflections or glare, tilt the screen slightly.
● Aim to keep the screen away from your face as much as possible.
● Make adjustments to the controls to lower the screen’s contrast and brightness.
● Look frequently away from the screen and fix your gaze on distant objects.
4. Cervical Headaches
Cervicogenic headaches can be brought on by irritation of the neck’s soft tissues as a result of strain or poor posture. When you move your head or put pressure on specific neck points while suffering from a cervicogenic headache, the pain will worsen. Tips:
● Drink fluids
● Take medication. Visit resources that offer Emgality dosing guidelines to get informed about using the right dosage, pros and cons, what drug combinations to avoid, etc.
5. Disc Injury
You can also experience sprains of the outer fibers of the intervertebral discs when bad posture places an excessive amount of strain on the spine. A herniated disc results when the inner nucleus of the disc pushes through the outer fibers, which is far more serious. For this, we recommend visiting the doctor.
Stretching, exercise, and massage are additional ways to maintain good health in your body. When they’re not a pain in the neck, back, wrists, or eyes, computers and other digital devices are excellent.