Ergonomic Related Workplace Injuries*
Administrative work increasingly involves extended use of computers. As a result, managers and supervisors are becoming aware of possible injuries from incorrect computer-workstation interface.
Such injuries are collectively referred to as a Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WMSD). Other nomenclature that may be used synonymously for WMSD are:
- CTD - Cumulative Trauma Disorder
- OOS - Occupational Overuse Syndrome
- RMI - Repetitive Motion Injury
- UEMSD - Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorder
- WRULD - Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders
WMSD occurs from repeated physical movements doing damage to tendons, nerves, muscles, and other soft body tissues resulting from the typical tasks they perform. Some specific ailments include:
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Ganglionic Cyst
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
Each is potentially serious and each of these ailments can happen even more quickly as a result of typing technique and body positions that place unnecessary stress on the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, and neck.
*It is important to note that the information provided in this training module is not a substitute for consultation and advice through a health professional.