A variety of injuries can occur in the workplace and not only those who work labor-intensive jobs are at risk. Many office jobs require sitting at a computer for an extended period of time. It is vital to use proper posture to reduce your risk of injury. An ideal workstation will allow you to work in a neutral position. Your chair should be the proper height so you don’t have to crane your neck to view your computer monitor, and should provide lumbar support. Your keyboard should be positioned so your forearms are nearly parallel to the floor, and your wrists are nearly straight. Your viewing screen should be roughly one arm’s length (20-26 inches) away and be at eye level. It is also important to take frequent rest breaks, stretching your neck, back, arms, shoulders and wrists.
Dr. Patrick Zietz is experienced in dealing with work-related injuries. If you’ve been injured in the workplace or want to use worker’s compensation to pay for your treatment, contact us.