Ergonomic Tips

Use Proper Workplace Ergonomics to Prevent Chronic Injuries

When sitting at a desk, it is important to use proper form to prevent stress on the joints and spine. Over time, incorrect posture can cause chronic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain. When working at a desk, ensure you use these proper workplace ergonomics suggestions:

  • Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning slightly.
  • Elbows stay in close to the body and are bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Feet are fully supported on the floor or on a foot rest as needed.
  • Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight and roughly parallel to the floor. Use a keyboard tray if one is available and appropriate wrist support.
  • Head is level and facing forward, and in line with the torso. The computer screen should be located directly in front of the user.
  • Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward.
  • Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms should hang at your sides.
  • Take regular breaks to get up and stretch with prolonged computer use.
  • Thighs and hips are supported by a padded seat and generally parallel to the floor.

People who experience persistent pain from prolonged computer use should always talk to a physician and ask about physical therapy services.

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