Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Taking the Pain Out of Repetitive Keyboard Stress

A good how to for RSI pain ...

"The pain of repetitive stress at computer keyboards can be reduced by forearm supports known as arm boards, according to a study here.

In fact, arm boards reduced neck and shoulder disorders by about half over the course of a year in a group of nearly 200 computer-based customer service workers, reported David Rempel, M.D., M.P.H., director of the ergonomics program at San Francisco General Hospital.

However, the ergonomic intervention known as a "track ball"-which replaces a computer mouse and uses a large ball for cursor motion- produced mixed results, Dr. Rempel and colleagues said online in the British Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study included 182 customer service workers at a large health maintenance organization. They were randomized into four groups to receive ergonomic training only, training plus a trackball, training plus arm boards, or training plus a trackball and arm boards."   continued ...   (Via MedPage Today)

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