Skaggs Occupational Medicine Lunch and Learn. 21 st Century Technology Injuries Randall J. Cross, M.D. Computers: labor-saving devices or ticking time bombs for injuries.
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“The engineers spend a lot of time thinking about how people use new devices. But when you release them to a large population, you run into issues that were never perceived before”, said Dr. Matthew Smuck, asst. prof. of orthopedic surgery at Stanford Spine Center. “That’s what happened with desktop computers, and there’s a whole science behind ergonomics now.”
“Blackberries, keyboards, game controllers used excessively, in awkward positions, or with excessive force, contributes to wear and tear on the body”, said the author of “Get Fit For Mobile Working”, Margaret Hanson.
Everyone who has typed any time on a keyboard knows all about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There is a lot of poor posturing and stress on the wrists
Hearing at risk: MP3 player earphones, headphones, Bluetooth headsets can generate noise of a jet taking off; 89 dB for an hour a day over 5 years = permanent hearing loss (suggest noise-cancelling headsets)
Back and leg problems: poor posture, spinal curvature, shorter and tighter hamstrings from prolonged sitting
Diminished sperm counts: laptops heat the testicles 2.8 c and 4 hours of mobile phone use per day can increase risk of sperm damage due to electromagnetic radiation according to SUNY scientists
Loss of interaction: computer addiction (Crackberry), poor social skills, poor communication skills, introversion, depression