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Back, wrist, arm, shoulder, and neck injuries are most frequent in people who use computers at work.

Using the computer, keyboard, and mouse is part of the most basic of activities of office work. While these activities seem safe at first glance, they can lead to long term injuries if certain ergonomic principles are not observed. Known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), these injuries include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis, and more. These injuries are the result of a poorly conceived workstation:

  • An uncomfortable chair that does not provide adequate support;
  • Poor positioning of the screen, keyboard, and mouse;
  • Poor lighting;
  • A desktop that is too high or too low.
A poorly conceived workstation can cause the worker to have poor posture, which can then lead to early symptoms that include numbness, tingling, discomfort, and pain. Before you know it, a musculoskeletal injury has set in. These are notoriously long to heal.