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What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the practice of fitting a job to a worker while taking into consideration the task and the worker's physical characteristics.

What is cumulative trauma or repetitive motion injury?
Cumulative trauma or repetitive motion injury is a disease that involves sustained micro-traumas of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or joints).

It arises as a result of excessive or prolonged exposure to:
  • Forceful movements, such as gripping too tight or typing forcefully
  • Repetitive movements, such as continuous typing or clicking the mouse without taking breaks
  • Awkward postures, such as elevating the shoulders to type
  • Static postures, such as working for long periods without changing positions or taking breaks

What are some familiar names for repetitive motion injury?
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Neck tension syndrome
  • Low back pain

What are the symptoms you should look for?
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Pain, numbness, tingling in wrist or hand
  • Decreased strength
  • Pain at night

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