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Ergonomic tips for working at your computer

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If you have a desk job that requires hours and hours of work at a computer, beware of muscle, joint, tendon and nerve problems. This condition, according to Associate Professor Dr Visal Kantaratanakul, director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Center at Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, is medically referred to as musculo-skeleton disorders (MSD). From a pain in the neck, back and shoulders, to constant weakness in the forearms and from finger and hand strains to wrist injury, as well as tight and achy hips and legs, all these symptoms are caused by static positions and prolonged hours spent at a computer. 

"Muscle pain is often caused by the overuse of a muscle or group of muscles for a long period of time," said Dr Visal. "The most common symptoms that patients who are glued to their computer on a regular basis have are tightness and pain in the neck and shoulders."

Workers who are engaged in intensive work on a keyboard and a mouse are susceptible to repetitive strain injury on the arms and hands. While people who have poor computer posture habits for long durations are more likely to develop cumulative traumatic disorders.

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