What means "Ergonomics"?
Roughly translated, "ergonomics" is a Greek word that refers to "fitting a job to the person."
In modern practice, the term has come to encompass the science and art of helping people to use the beneficial tools in their life.
These are designed more efficiently in order to prevent injury as well as chronic physical problems.
Those "tools" can range from literal implements such a laptop or a hammer, to larger types of equipment you rely on in order to function in your daily life, including your chair desk and even sometimes your car.
An ergonomics specialist determines whether workplace requirements and home responsibilities are physically suited to individual patients or not, and if not then what should be done about that.
Why does a patient usually seek out an ergonomics specialist?
Often a general practitioner or specialist will recommend an ergonomics evaluation to a patient who is experiencing bad pain.
Conditions that can be helped to recover by the ergonomics include strains or sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, tennis elbow and "trigger finger."
What happens during an ergonomic evaluation?
Not only the worker but also the environment is evaluated during a session with an ergonomics specialist.
Similarly, this involves the workplace, but the other places in which the patient frequently needs to be can also be evaluated by an ergonomics Specialist.
Seeing a patient in his or her environment helps the ergonomic specialist to evaluate the patient's methods of pursuing work or the nature of the work and relevant equipments, along with the patient's general capacities for doing that work.
Sometimes some subtle changes to equipment or to body movement can help to ease chronic pain and reduce the risk of injury.
But there are times when it takes the credibility of a certified specialist to make some changes happen in the workplace or in the relevant environment.
If you've also been injured at work and need a consultation or simply you want to know how to lessen incidences of pain and injury at the job or elsewhere we at Spineapple can help you make the adjustments you need for a more healthy life.