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Can you avoid repetitive stress injuries at work?

Think of all of the workplace accidents you have ever heard of. Chances are, most of them occurred in environments where risks were higher. Dangers including equipment, machinery and environmental exposure may have been contributing factors. However, have you ever considered that some workplace injuries in Minnesota may occur in an office setting? If you sit at a desk each day and manipulate the same tools in the same way, you may be subject to the risks of developing a repetitive stress injury. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of falling victim to this injury by taking some proactive steps. 

According to Web MD, ergonomics play a critical role in reducing the tension and strain you experience while sitting at your desk. By turning your focus to the arrangement of your desk and the quality of your chair, keyboard and mouse, your body can comfortably and safely complete everyday tasks. Here are some other things you can do:

  • Take short breaks: Every so often, take a break from whatever you are doing and stand up to stretch for a minute or two. Even if you are on a phone call, taking a minute to move around can enhance your productivity and keep you comfortable.
  • Prioritize functionality: If you use a variety of office equipment at your desk, try and arrange it so you can conveniently grab when needed. Reducing the amont of turning, leaning and bending in awkward positions can reduce the chances of injury or strain.
  • Change your posture: If you have been sitting one way for a while, change your position to give your body a chance to relax before it becomes rigid and sore. 

Invest in office tools that meet your body's needs to allow for maximum comfort and ease. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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