The purpose of ergonomic evaluation is to provide basic general ergonomic assessment to determine safety of repetitive motion, force exertion and rest/recovery
Ergonomics is the study of the causes and solutions as they relate to musculoskeletal disorders involving muscles, tendons, and nerves. Musculoskeletal disorders may include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome and tension neck syndrome.
An ergonomic evaluation can lead to effective preventable solutions, by analyzing the relationship between you and the tasks, tools and the environments in which you frequently engage in. The early detection of muscular skeletal disorders and it’s causes is important because it can be treatable and less expensive in the early stages. But if left to exist over time, muscular skeletal disorders can be irreversible and very expensive.
Activities which are frequent and repetitive or activities with awkward postures can cause these disorders which may be painful during the activity or at rest. Common causes include repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma disorders and overuse syndrome.
Overuse injuries develop over time
. Symptoms may include numbness in the fingers, sore wrists, lower back pain, or eyestrain. You may also develop general aches and pains in the neck, arms, thighs, and lower legs sometimes called postural fatigue. Prolonged shoulder pain, weakness, swelling, burning sensation or a dull ache over the affected area can also be experienced.
A regular computer user may perform as much as 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes each day. Frequent computer use that involves awkward postures, repetition, and forceful exertions may be related to nerve, muscle, tendon and ligament damage.
If you use a computer extensively (several hours each day), many experts recommend that you consider proper workstation layout and posture techniques to minimize your risk of developing injuries of the hand/arm, shoulder, neck and back.
Contact ATP Lifestyle Modification and find out how you can start taking advantage of our ergonomic evaluation program, today.