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Ergonomics at Work and at Home

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Ergonomic health conditions can be caused by many different factors and may display in any number of ways. However, there are ways to work smarter, both at home and in the workplace, to prevent most of the ergonomic health conditions.

Ergonomic conditions are disorders of the soft tissues, specifically of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, blood vessels and spinal discs. These conditions are often caused by factors such as:

  • Overexertion while lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching or stretching;
  • Repetitive motions;
  • Working in awkward positions;
  • Sitting or standing too long in one position;
  • Using excessive force;
  • Vibration;
  • Resting on sharp corners or edges; or
  • Temperature extremes.

While these stressors can occur from activities at work, such as working on an assembly line, using heavy equipment or typing on a computer, they also can result from activities at home like playing video games, helping someone move, participating in hobbies such as sewing or through home repair projects.

Ergonomic conditions are best dealt with when they are caught early. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain;
  • Swelling;
  • Numbness;
  • Tingling;
  • Tenderness;
  • Clicking; and
  • Loss of grip strength.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to see your physician or an occupational physician as soon as possible to determine the cause of your pain.

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