Science Ambiguous On Ergonomic Injuries

Science seems to be muddying, not clarifying, the connection between the workplace and musculoskeletal ailments.

In June, the Mayo Clinic released a study that found that extensive computer use does not increase an individual’s risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The study, published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, looked at a group of Mayo Clinic employees who spent up to seven hours a day on computers. The study found that only 10.5 percent of the participants met the clinical criteria for CTS, a result reportedly similar to that found in the general population in previous studies.

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