Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Exercise Surpasses Ergonomics in Treating Work Injuries

Exercise prescription for upper body injuries ...

"Exercise, not ergonomics or other "conservative" methods such as physiotherapy, is the most effective strategy for treating work-related complaints of the upper body, according to studies performed in the Netherlands.

Investing in expensive ergonomic equipment such as special keyboards and office furniture have only limited effectiveness in treating work-related ailments, according to an updated systematic review by Arianne Verhagen, Ph.D., a physical therapist at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Exercise, however, emerged as "a very good thing to do," she said.

Still, Verhagen said it isn't wise to do away with ergonomics completely. She claimed "conservative interventions such as physiotherapy and ergonomic adjustments play a major role in the treatment of most work-related complaints of the arm, neck or shoulder."

The review appears in the current issue of the Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care."   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)       [Ergonomics Resources]

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