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Mar 31 2009   9:10PM GMT

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Programmer

SJC SJC Profile: SJC

Historically over the last 20 years I have spent the greatest part of my days in front of a computer and keyboard — sitting.  Of course I was sitting, how else would I be able to type and produce the works for which I was being paid?  It’s an occupational necessity to be able to sit!  Well, I’ve (obviously) not been blogging OR programming much over the last month as my “Musculoskeletal Disorder” in the form of sciatica has pretty much disabled my ability to sit without severe pain.  Specifically, my ability to sit in front of a keyboard with an ability to “think” (clearly or otherwise) has been generally non-existent in recent weeks.

Finding a workable pain management procedure has taken much more than I ever would have suspected.  While in one of my periods of relative “feeling good” I checked out the OSHA website and found an article on ergonomics.  In the referenced article it is stated that “Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) currently account for one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by employers every year. These disorders thus constitute the largest job-related injury and illness problem in the United States today.”  Finding data specific to those of us who sit for hours in front of our computers as programmers was not a quick find, and therefore I don’t have specifics.

What I do have to say is that MSDs are real, can be very painful, and get in the way of living ones life to the fullest!

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