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Ergonomics is an important area to consider for anyone in the workforce. It is the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you do it in and the tools you use to do it. The primary goal of ergonomics is to set up your workspace to fit you and your specific tasks.
If you have a space that’s set up ergonomically, you may see a few benefits:
Injuries and illness are common at work, and they can cost both you and your employer money over time while affecting your job performance. Most injuries at work are caused by falls, repetitive movements, poor posture, working with vibrating tools or exerting heavy force—that is, bending, lifting heavy objects, or using pressure or force.
Ergonomics, however, help you feel more comfortable while at work. It puts a focus on a setup of your workspace, including:
A CT scan, or computerized tomography scan, combines a series of X-ray images taken from several angles, using computer processing to create images from inside the body. They are able to provide more detailed images than a standard X-ray.
Preparation for a CT scan may depend on which part of the body is being scanned. You might be asked to remove clothing and wear a hospital gown, and you may also be told to remove any metal on your person, such as a belt, jewelry, dentures or eyeglasses. In addition, you may be told to refrain from eating or drinking for several hours before the scan.
For some CT scans, a dye called contrast material is needed to help highlight a particular area inside the body. Contrast material can be given in three ways:
Physical stress and strain are the most frequent causes of work injuries, which can affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, blood vessels and the spine. Issues may include:
If you have other health issues like arthritis or emotional stress, you could be at higher risk of workplace injuries.
A few tips to prevent work injuries include:
When you first notice symptoms of a work injury, you can try home treatment for a few days. A few ideas include:
If you have tried home treatment for several days in a row without success, contact your doctor. Your doctor can discuss ergonomics with you and can recommend physical therapy or other possible treatments.
“Office Ergonomics – Topic Overview.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/office-ergonomics-topic-overview#1
“Ergonomics.” MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/ergonomics.html
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.