Office workers are prone to a variety of repetitive stress and computer-related injuries.
When we think of workplace injuries, we often think of construction, factory, and mining workers. However, office workers are also prone to workplace injuries and illnesses even though the nature of injuries is different from those suffered by other classes of workers.
Work-Related Repetitive Stress Injuries
Office workers spend a large part of their work day on the computer and are prone to a variety of repetitive stress injuries and computer use related injuries. There are various reasons why office workers suffer computer-related injuries and these include:
- poor posture
- typing or performing the same movements for prolonged periods
- non-ergonomic workspace
- sitting hunched over a screen
Neck, Shoulder, and Back Injuries
When working on a computer for long hours, a worker may tend to tilt their head downward causing strain on the shoulders and neck. Sitting for prolonged periods puts a lot of strain on the back. These positions can cause shoulder, neck, and back injuries. To avoid this, workers can utilize ergonomic chairs, position the screen at eye level, and take frequent breaks. All this can go a long way in preventing strain-related injuries and will help workers perform efficiently.
Employees who spend a lot of time working on computers are at risk of developing a variety of eye-related problems including vision problems, eye strain, and headaches. According to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees, eye disorders are the most commonly reported problems among those who work on computers. Office workers often complain of headaches, blurred vision, and the ability to see colors.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A common injury suffered by those who spend long hours working on a computer is carpal tunnel syndrome. It is an injury caused by pressure on the median nerve that runs from the shoulder to the arm and affects the hands and wrists. Some common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, pain, and numbness.
Poor posture, such as hunched and unnatural seated positions, can injure various tendons in the body. Poor posture along with repetitive motion lead to various tendon injuries including:
- tennis elbow
- ganglionic cysts
These injuries can have a long-term effct on the health of a worker and may require prolonged treatment. If not treated in a timely manner, these injuries may worsen and require surgery and a long time away from work.
Missouri Workman’s Compensation
These injuries are generally covered under workers’ compensation and an injured worker can receive medical and wage loss benefits under the program. If you are facing any problems in proving a work-related injury and receiving your rightful benefits, contact a St. Louis workman’s compensation attorney from The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. Call us at (314) 361-4300 for a free case evaluation.