The Risks of Neck Injuries in the Workplace
It is estimated that the average American spends around 2,000 hours a year
at their place of work, often performing the same tasks countless times
over. If your occupation requires you to continuously make repetitive
motions with your head and neck, you may be at risk of suffering a repetitive
stress injury or disorder (RSD). These types of afflictions involve the
inflammation of muscles and nerve endings due to repetitive motion. Over
time, increased pressure surrounding your nerve endings can potentially
cause permanent disability if left untreated.
If you should ever feel a tingling sensation, stinging pain, or tightness
in your neck or upper back from performing your work, it is imperative
that you seek medical attention as this could be a sign of an RSD. While
many assume this is just a sign of “getting older,” it could
be a sign of a much more serious problem.
How Can I Prevent a Neck RSD?
Poor posture often contributes to the development of an RSD. If you are
required to type or interact with a computer, maintaining proper positioning
can help alleviate neck pain and reduce your risk of injury.
The following tips can help you prevent a neck RSD from computer use:
- Keep your eyes pointing at the upper third of your screen
- Type with your arms parallel to the floor
- Make sure your elbows rest comfortably at your side
- Rest your feet flat on the floor
Contact Stephen F. Thompson, Jr., Attorney at Law
If you have suffered an RSD in your neck due to your occupation, you may
be able to recover compensation for your suffering with the help of an
Birmingham worker’s compensation lawyer from Stephen F. Thompson, Jr., Attorney at Law. We only accept our cases
on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we are not successful, you
will not pay us a dime. Get a results-driven attorney on your side by
calling (205) 386-3356 or
requesting a complimentary consultation today!