Have you noticed that at the end of the day, you have pain and stiffness? Are you experiencing tingling, numbness or weakness of the fingers/hand? These are just some of the indications that you may be experiencing a work related musculoskeletal disorder or repetitive strain injury.
Contributing factors to a repetitive strain injury can include:-
Ergonomics can be defined as the design and arranging of things people use so that their interaction maximises safety and efficiency.
In other words, the environment must suit the worker and not the worker suit the environment.
The OTs role is to highlight areas of your work station or your practice that could be the cause of your symptoms. Whether you work at a computer, cash register, in an automotive shop, on an assembly line, operating heavy duty equipment etc having the correct set up of your work station and employing sound practices will have you working safer.
Image from: safety and Risk Services – Ergonomic Guidelines
If you are already experiencing back and neck pain your doctor may refer you for Back School where you will be instructed in managing your pain as you learn:-