- Physician Teams
By: Melissa Trader, OTR/L, CHT
Ergonomics: the study of people’s efficiency in the workplace.
If you’re like a lot of people, you often spend more time at work than home. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your workstation is set up ergonomically, which is just a fancy way of saying that your workstation suits your needs and supports your body appropriately for the work that you do.
Many people assume that office work is “easy” on your body. But those who work in the same position throughout the day are as much at risk of injury as those doing heavy labor. These injuries can be prevented with knowledge about good posture, ergonomics and management techniques.
Specifically, office work can put your body at risk for injury to the back, neck and upper extremities. Here are some tips on how to protect you from injury:
Back injuries: When working at a desk all day in a forward or “slouched” posture, back pain or back injuries can occur.
Neck Injuries: If your monitor is not properly placed, you can experience neck pain or injury
Upper extremity injuries: Proper wrist and elbow position is important to prevent tendon irritation and/or nerve compression
When in doubt about position, don’t be afraid to reach out to your employer, a physician, or request an ergonomic evaluation from an occupational therapist. Small changes can make a big difference in making your workday more comfortable.