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Is typing bad for you?

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2023 | Workplace Risks

Many people initially learned how to write with a pencil and paper in school, but they very rarely use those skills in the workplace. In the modern office, 99% of writing is simply done on a computer, which means that workers are generally typing out everything that they write.

This does seem like a mundane and even boring activity that wouldn’t lead to injury. However, there are those who say that they suffer from pain and discomfort. For example, it can sometimes cause flashes of pain to strike certain keys, or the pain may become worse after long stretches of typing without a break. What is happening and how serious is this injury?

The onset of carpal tunnel syndrome

The truth is that typing excessively can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders. These can lead to significant pain in the wrist and hands. It may even be so severe that it makes typing impossible. Even in cases where the person can still type, they may work far slower than they used to, which can impact their productivity and earning potential.

As you can see, workplace injuries take many different forms. People often assume that injuries only happen when you are in a highly physical position or working on a hazardous job site, such as if you’re in the construction industry. But even someone who is sitting at a desk in an office, spending every day on the computer, could suffer serious injuries due to their job.

If something like this does happen to you, be sure that you are well aware of all of the legal options at your disposal.