Hot Tips: Simple Solutions to Common Ergonomics Challenges – Shoulder & Neck Aches and Pains

Hot Tips August 9, 2018

Hot Tips: Simple Solutions to Common Ergonomics Challenges – Shoulder & Neck Aches and Pains

by Gary K Porter, Jr. – MS, ATC, LAT, CEAS III, CWcHP.

Shoulder & neck aches and pains are as common for the desk jockey as rotator cuff issues are for the baseball pitcher. Here is a simple solution to a common error in workstation set up. Employees who work primarily with paper documents at a computer terminal, like accountants or payroll professionals, tend to make the same common errors in setting up their workstations. 

In the before pictures you will see:

  • Awkward neck flexion and rotation postures.
  • The employee’s back is unsupported leaning forward with legs crossed.
  • Awkward arm reaching and wrist contact stress.

The challenge was resolved with a simple engineering solution – an in-line document holder and, in this particular case, a keyboard/mouse tray as well.  Note that a keyboard/mouse tray is not always necessary.  Tall employees do not need them in most cases.

In the after picture you will notice:

  • Neutral postures
  • Reduced contact stress
  • Good lumbar support.
  • In this particular case, after implementation, she no longer needed physical rehabilitation.

3M and Vu Ryte are just two of many potential vendors of document holders whom you can use.


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