Stiff Back, Tired Eyes & Arthritic Wrists: PC Ailments Workers Can Prevent

People who work on computers all day long may think that they have an injury-free job, but the truth is that sitting at a computer 40 or more hours a week can result in long-term injuries. Some of the problems you can experience include vision problems, carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists and back issues. There are several things you can do to prevent computer-related injuries and help yourself stay healthy for the long-term.

Take a Break

Regardless of how busy you are, it is important that you get up from your desk to stretch and stop focusing on the computer screen at least twice an hour. If you work in a mobile environment, then put the IdeaPad notebook down and just take a little walk. One of the problems people develop from sitting at a computer for hours a day is calcium build-ups in the joints. By stretching and walking several times during the day, you can prevent these build-ups and keep your joints healthy.

Ergonomic Equipment

As your stare at your computer screen in a fixed position, you may start to feel pain in your neck and shoulders. Over years, this pain will become more intense and refuse to go away. Ask your company to invest in ergonomic chairs and desks that put your body in a position that is much more comfortable and natural for the body. You should also get wrist rests for your keyboard and mouse to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists. One of the most common causes of carpal tunnel is the lack of support under your wrists when using a keyboard or mouse. Wrist supports will prevent the unnatural positions that create carpal tunnel.

Tone Down the Monitor

If you have stare at a monitor for hours a day, then you risk damaging your optic nerve and developing long-term vision problems. You can reduce the damage to your vision by reducing the brightness of your monitor and increasing the contrast of the images it projects. An anti-glare device on your monitor will help to keep the sun from making your daily monitor experience worse.

Larger Fonts


One of the reasons that people have to strain when using a computer is because they commonly write documents in full page views using 10 or 12-point fonts. There are two ways you can correct this situation and reduce the stress on your eyes. The first thing you can do is zoom in on your document so that you can clearly and easily see the words as you work on it. Another suggestion is to simply increase the font size of your document. Just remember to bring the font size back down when you are done if you have font size requirements to meet.

Most people do not consider desk jobs in front of computers to be dangerous work, but that does not mean that computer jobs cannot cause injuries. If you are not careful and do not take the proper safety steps, then you may start to experience long-term computer-related injuries that can be painful and hard to get rid of.


Guest Author

Phil Cohen is a graduate from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Public Relations. He is currently working with a computer firm in Houston, Texas. In his free time he enjoys freelance writing about technology products on his IdeaPad Notebook, as well as Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, and taking Road Trips.

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