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10 Steps for Avoiding Repetitive Strain Pain

In November 2007, the National Athletic Trainers' Association published "10 Steps to Combat Low Back Pain". Causes of low back pain include the stressors of poor posture, unusual movement or activities, or even a sedentary lifestyle. This press release outlined a plan to prevent low back pain with a general conditioning, strengthening and healthy living program.

These same 10 steps can be just as important in combating the mechanical stressors and pain that occur from computer and desk work. By slightly modifying these steps, you can avoid the stresses that put you at risk for repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis. Here are the 10 steps with my adjustments and explanations made for the computer athlete.

Marji Hajic is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist practicing in Santa Barbara, California. For more information on hand and upper extremity injuries, prevention and recovery, visit Hand Health Resources.

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