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| Early Warning Signs: |
Seek ergonomics information/advice and make adjustments now. You'll be more comfortable and prevent irreversible injury!
- burning (muscles)
- soreness (eg. eyes, neck, shoulders)
- stiffness (eg. neck, back)
|Later Signs: |
Do not delay! Seek help from a health practitioner and/or ergonomist.
- an odd annoying senstation
- awareness that one hand feels different from the other
- hypersentivity in area of nerves
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Generally, CTDs result from several or all of the following factors occurring independently or at the same time:
It should be noted that the cause of CTD is complicated. Scientific evidence indicates that CTD is linked to work-related activities like writing, typing, assembly, and tool use. It has been shown that nonoccupational factors also contribute to the development of CTDs, principally body weight, pre-existing injuries, physical fitness, smoking, age and health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid conditions.
- repetitive motion
- done in an awkward posture
- using some force
- without allowing for sufficient rest
CTD takes years to fully develop, and almost as long to subside. Once you experience it, you will always be at risk for further incidence. By informing yourself and taking care of yourself, you can prevent CTD or learn to avoid flare-ups if you have already experienced symptoms.