I was at Physical Therapy today and talked to several of the therapists. They had just returned from a 2 day conference that centered around the activities people do to hurt themselves the most.
There was a top 10 list, but I am not at liberty to identify the source or the details behind the study and conference.
But, in summary:
It was pretty clear and I think most people understand that improper lifting or lifting too heavy objects is about the number one activity people do to hurt themselves or re-injure previous conditions.
But what has been rising in order for the past several years is computer usage. They define computer usage as being on the computer and using keyboard/mouse. They did not include usage of cell phones/blacberries/games/etc
I for one can definitely say that computer usage is what finally put the nail in my coffin (sort of speaking)
I knew several years ago, that if I continued daily computer usage (and it was my job) that all the PT, massages, medications would all be for naught. The proof for me was that after I retired, there was a remarkable change in my overall condition. Most of my thoracic and cervical problems started to calm down.
What is scary, is knowing that there are many people out there that spend almost all day on the computer and it not even for work. They sign up for all sorts of blog and forum sites and spend almost the entire day posting here, posting there, etc.
Many times we read on this forum about 'Addiction' Mostly we talk about medications. But computer usage, especially excessive usage is just another form of addiction.
Folks that do not have insight into spinal problems may never understand this. But, I do hope that with everything that is posted here, the problem with spending 24/7 on the computer, joining all sites, etc does not exist.
It is the only intelligent thing once you understand the mechanics.
I know, I have stayed away from the computer for periods of time. You all know recently since my 10/13 surgery, I have had only very limited time online here. Others in the moderator group also have done this.
So, I guess I just what to reach out again, especially to the newer folks, who havent had the chance to read about all the various problems.
Limit your time on the computer!
People that spend excessive time on the computer are really just playing Russian Roulette
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences