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How office workers can protect against common workplace injuries

Millions of American workers spend the majority of their work day behind a computer. While sitting in a chair and typing on a keyboard may not seem like a dangerous or stressful job, thousands of workers' compensation claims related to injuries from doing just that prove otherwise.

Many employees who work desk jobs suffer the ill effects of sitting for long periods of time and performing repetitive motions. Typing on a computer can lead to tendinitis in the hands and elbows as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. What's more, lack of physical activity may result in employees with weakened back and neck muscles, resulting in painful and debilitating injuries.

Thankfully there are a number of simple ways office employees can protect themselves from suffering these types of workplace related injuries. First and foremost, employees would be wise to ensure they are seated comfortably and that their computer and computer screen are positioned correctly. Poor posture can result in back and neck strain which invariably can lead an employee to experience pain and discomfort.

Even if a job requires an employee to sit behind a desk all day, it's important that employees take breaks. Taking a few minutes to stand and stretch arms, legs, back and neck can help relieve tension and loosen muscles and ligaments that may otherwise become tense and painful. Many workplaces also encourage employees to be active by promoting lunch-hour exercise classes or by offering discounts at local gyms.

Despite best efforts, some employees may develop injuries as a direct result of their work duties. For these individuals, a workers' compensation claim can help recover compensation related to such injuries and help defray financial losses associated thereto. An attorney who handles workers' compensation matters can provide advice on how to proceed with filing a workers' compensation claim.

Source: The Star, "Exercises that counteract a day at the computer," Lisa Evans, April 9, 2013

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