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Law, the Painful Profession

How can attorneys and paralegals counteract the effects of long hours and temporary work spaces? Of all the professions, computer–related injuries seem most common among attorneys and paralegals. As I visit law firms to assist with office layout and equipment choices, I see a high proportion of attorneys in pain. Even third-year law students seem… Continue reading Law, the Painful Profession

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PDA’s and the Price of Convenience

Is convenience on–the–road making your thumbs hurt? Have you seen the comic strip about a teenager who sends hundreds of text messages? By the last panel, she holds aloft a throbbing, bandaged thumb, six times normal size. The joke: She has "carpal thumb–el" syndrome. While people smile at the idea of what is often called… Continue reading PDA’s and the Price of Convenience

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Working at Home: Shed Some Light on the Subject

How to light your home office Despite the long-ago invention of the electric light bulb, many of us work in the dark. Do your eyes feel dry? Do they ache? Do you constantly need to change the prescription of your eyeglasses? If so, look carefully at the lighting in your home office or workplace. You… Continue reading Working at Home: Shed Some Light on the Subject

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The Computer Injury That Is Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Is your little finger numb? Many computer users worry about hand problems. People with hand pain or numbness often assume they have carpal tunnel syndrome (CT). But a less known problem could be the source of the pain. Thoracic outlet syndrome hurts just as intensely as CT. It is caused by poor posture as you… Continue reading The Computer Injury That Is Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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IT: First Line of Defense Against Computer Injuries

Small changes that can make a big difference in comfort Last week, I visited a major law firm. One IT staff member had piled extra shoes under her workstation, tangling the cords so she couldn't pull her keyboard forward. Piles of cord spaghetti were everywhere. Before long, I was sitting on the floor, untwisting cables.… Continue reading IT: First Line of Defense Against Computer Injuries

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Crack! Twinge! Ouch! Time to adjust your workspace

Simple strategies to relieve that pain in your neck When I visit businesses to talk about workplace safety, people want to talk about their necks. Computer workers tell me, "I've been to the doctor" or "I've had x–rays" or "I'm starting physical therapy next week". There's a reason for all this pain. On my visits… Continue reading Crack! Twinge! Ouch! Time to adjust your workspace