This self-directed learning module highlights various cumulative trauma disorders of the upper limb that may be seen in computer users. The biomechanics and ergonomics of computer users are addressed in relationship to specific neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions within the neck and upper limbs. In addition to a general overview of these conditions, a case presentation is used to show the evaluation and treatment of a computer user who has carpal tunnel syndrome and concomitant de Quervain tenosynovitis. Overall Article Objectives: (a) To review the important anatomic and ergonomic basis for upper limb cumulative trauma disorders in computer users and (b) to provide an example of evaluation and treatment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cumulative trauma disorders
- Human engineering