ErgonomicsDr.com

  Partnering Injury Prevention

                    &

            Productivity

Jonathan Bailin, Ph.D.--Chief Consultant

Los Angeles, CA 

310/390-8309  E-mail:  ErgonomicsDr  <at> gmail.com

Jump Start

To "jump start" your knowledge of ergonomics, computer injuries, and the safest workstation configuration from lighting to voice recognition, click on Dr. Bailin's global Frequently Asked Questions publication here:  Ergonomics & Computer Injury FAQ.

Keep in mind that, though the names and addresses have changed, the above article is as pertinent and informative as it ever was. 

Tunneling to the Tunnel

What makes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome so dangerous?  What makes it so career threatening to computer users?

To answer that question Dr. Bailin did some exploration...not for those with a weak stomach.  

Pictured to the left is a human dissection of the Carpal Tunnel itself with the ligament covering the tunnel (tranverse carpal tunnel ligament) removed.   That ligament (not shown) is the one snipped, or "released" by surgeons, as a last resort to help reduce pressure inside the tunnel itself.  



When the tendons passing through this canal get inflamed (off white in the upper photo) they press on the adjacent nerves (bright white in upper photo). 



This is important because the Carpal Tunnel is so small.  In the lower photo, the tendons and nerves are removed and a dime inserted to demostrate how vulnerable the nerves are if the tendons around them are swollen

Despite the sometimes terrifying nature of CTS, its still tendonitis, just in one of the worst possible

places to get it!  Irritated, inflamed tendons anywhere in the body can be a "nagging discomfort" to

"debilitating", depending on severity.  Whether those tendons are under the bones in your foot (Plantar Fascitis),

or in your forearm for Tennis Elbow (Epicondylitis),  getting rid of the cause of tendonitis usually requires a multi-disciplined approach.  Prevention is, as usual far easier, so arm yourself with the right knowledge.


Healthy Lifestyle


Workers who maintain a balanced life, in terms of their non-work hours, statistically fair much better in terms of

occurance of work related injury.  An employee who participates in regular physical activity is significantly less

likely to fall prey to ailments in the office like CTS.  Thus it makes sense for both employers and employees to encourage out of office physical activity.  At the same time, while at work, knowing what posture your body is most comfortable in, for how long, and how to obtain regular relief is critical, so read the above FAQ.


If you are looking to find more balance in your daily physical routine look to ways to put simple activities like walking, jogging, or swimming into your life, after consulting a physician.  If you are new to regular exercise, start slowly, sedentary habits took a while to form.  Active habits will too.


If you are the more competitive type, or you want a more social aspect to your exercise, activity classes like yoga, martial arts, or tennis (our favorite) may be just the ticket to a healthier, happier lifestyle.   Whatever you choose, 3 times a week for a minimum of 20-30 minutes, at an intensity that is appropriate for your heart, is necessary for improving your cardiovascular fitness. 


On the other hand,  more mild forms of exercise like gardening or casual after dinner stroles have shown to have significant benefits too.  Dog walkers are healthier in many physiologic catagories.  So, the fact that you can't run down the street like the rest of the joggers is not an excuse to deprive yourself of exercise either.  To find out more about Dr. Bailin's activities in tennis click here: TennisDr.com.


Thanks for stopping by for a read!


PROFILE


Jonathan Bailin, Ph.D. - Chief Consultant


Jonathan received his doctorate at the University of Southern California in Exercise Science after performing cutting-edge research on repetitive strain to the hand and forearm. He has over 20 years experience in sports medicine research and almost ten years of experience in workstation efficiency and OSHA Compliance.


In 1995, Dr. Bailin was globally recognized for creating, chartering, producing, and moderating the first free Internet site dedicated to helping all who are afflicted with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). He also handled preventive medicine topics for its panel of experts.


Hosted by the University of Southern California, that site published over 200 answers to questions from around the world. Issues in primary care, surgery, and rehabilitation were handled by fellow RSI Panel members at the USC University Hospital and Hand Rehabilitation Center.


Dr. Bailin wrote its orientation document "Ergonomics & Computer Injuries", which was mandatory reading for a response. This document is in use at Microsoft Corporation, MIT, NASA, and the US Food & Drug Administration, Exxon in Malaysia, Microscopy Today, Better Health and Medical Network, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Sydley & Austin Law Offices LLC, the Dallas Community Colleges, North Carolina State University, National Assoc. of Legal Secretaries, Assoc. of Legal Administrators, Leeds University (England), and the Belgium Journalists Bureau.


ASSOCIATES


Dr. Gary D. Polan, O.D. (Developmental Optometry)

Michael Granberry, M.D. (Lasik Surgery)

Paul F. Vinger, M.D. (Opthalmology)

J. M. D'Angelo, M.D. (Spinal Trauma Rehabilitation)

Garry Brody, M.D. (Cosmetic/Reconstructive Surgery)

Ronald S. Kvitne, M.D. (Arthroscopic/Orthopaedic Surgery)

Erna Blanche, Ph.D., OTR (Occupational Science & Therapy)

Robert Forster, P.T. (Physical Therapy)

Dr. Mohsen Bahri, D.C. (Chiropractor, Westwood-Clinic.com)


CLIENT LIST


Hancock, Rothert, & Bunshoft LLP

World Team Tennis

Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP

Sidley, Austin, Brown, & Wood LLP

PowerPlate Inc.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Sportwall International Inc.



Workstation/Workflow Analysis or Sports Medicine Research
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