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Job demands, musculoskeletal symptoms and computer work

Dr Mary Wyatt

When musculoskeletal problems flare for a desk-bound office worker, they may need a stress check as much as they need an ergonomics check.

Musculoskeletal soreness is endemic in the community. People who work at computers consistently report higher rates of musculoskeletal symptoms.While studies have shown people are more likely to be sore if they work at a computer for long hours, recent evidence suggests that they are also more likely to have symptoms if they have a high workload and unrealistic deadlines.The research, from New South Wales in Australia, investigated musculoskeleta...

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