While working in a California office environment may not be as inherently risky as, say, working from heights or in law enforcement, it still presents certain occupational hazards that can impact your life and health in a negative manner. Increasingly, workers who spend the majority of their days working at computers are experiencing what are known as repetitive strain injuries, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious long-term issues. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand how debilitating repetitive strain injuries can be, and we have helped many who suffer from them find solutions that meet their needs.
According to the Modern Language Association, repetitive strain injuries can result when a worker performs the same tasks over and over again while maintaining a similar position. Certain repetitive strain injuries are more commonly known than others, among them carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, but the term refers to a broad number of neuromuscular disorders that can lead to aches, pains and related symptoms.
In addition to aches and pains in your upper body parts, such as your hands, fingers, elbows and shoulders, computer-related repetitive strain injuries can lead to issues with coordination, and they can also cause weakness, fatigue and a tingling sensation within your affected areas. Like most medical conditions, your chances of making a full recovery improve substantially when you catch and treat a repetitive strain injury promptly, so it may prove wise for you to see a doctor as soon as you start experiencing symptoms.
In the meantime, there are several steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing or worsening repetitive strain injuries. Exercising good posture while working at your desk is one thing you can do, and making changes to your workstation ergonomics is another. You can read more about workplace injuries on our webpage.