Repeated Stress Injuries

January 3, 2013 | By | Reply

– Dr .Chandan Poddar

The latest modern gadgets like laptops, iPads, blackberries, playstations are an empowering technology and a vital tool. However, long periods of working at a computer terminal can increase the chance of developing a repeated stress injury. It is one of the high rising occupational hazards of recent times typically involving the neck, upper back, lower back, arms and fingers. It strikes not just those who work 15-hour a days but also those who have been using these gadgets for a considerable period. The risks can be reduced or eliminated with improved posture, good working habits and proper workspace design.

Some of the various disorders associated with excessive computer usage are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Tenosynovitis, De Quervain’s disease, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Cervical Spondylosis, Back aches and many more.



There are warning signs that can help save you a lot of pain and discomfort if you can learn to distinguish them. They are:

  • Aching pain in the neck, back, shoulders arms n hands.
  • Tingling, numbness or burning sensation in arms hands or fingers
  • General weakness, difficulty in gripping things, decreased coordination in hands or perhaps dropping things.
  • Pain, especially during the night, bad enough to wake you up, in your hand, wrist, shoulder, arm or neck.


In an extremely painful state the patient requires to consult a doctor for medications and physiotherapy, but in the early stages and as a preventive measure the below mentioned habits for can suffice.

Rest breaks

Every 30-60 minutes one should take a brief break. During this break stand up, move around and get a drink. There are many stretches and gentle exercises that can help to relieve muscle fatigue. One should do these every 1-2 hours.

Eye breaks

Should be taken every 30 minutes. Look away from the monitor for a minute at an object at least 20 feet away. Also ensure that while working and during eye breaks one must blink sufficiently so as to lubricate the eyes to avoid developing dry eyes which can cause itching and watery eyes.

Ideal typing posture

Ideal typing posture


Ideal hand grips

Ideal hand grips


Ergonomics for laptop users

If the laptop is being used at work as the main computer it should be positioned on the desk in front of the user and elevated using a laptop stand so that it can be viewed without bending the neck. Also use a separate keyboard and mouse which can be connected directly to the back of the laptop.

Ergonomics for laptop users

Being educated professionals we should be responsible for our own health and realize the magnitude of repeated stress injuries. The range of injuries associated with the gadgets that users are suffering from is preventable. By paying a little attention to your body and using these few prevention tips can work wonders for your health and prevent as well as cure a huge range of injuries related to faulty gadget usage.

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