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compergo 05-27-2011 03:44 PM

Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
I have been working a very high stress job that requires 100% computer work with no controlled, single workstation available for me to work at. The result is that I often work at workstations where the screen is unadjustable and too low....leading to my leaning and hunching my shoulders down. I noticed neck pain and hand pain due to working almost 2 years for 6070 hrs weekly (no kidding). I have been diagnosed with early onset cervical radiculopathy, osteo arthritis and spondolysis. I also have concurrently have been diagnosed with de Quervain's tendinitis in both hands from escessive keyboarding.

I am very convinced that my cervical osteo arthritic condition has been caused by my excessive working hours and poor ergonomic setup. My employer accepts that my de Quervain's tendonitis is a workmans comp issue, but refuse to consider workmans comp regarding the neck....I have been disabled for the neck problems....Does anyone have information about cervical radiculopathy being caused by excessive computer work with low screens or otherwise poor ergonomic setups that cause bent forward position of the neck?

jwalk49 10-03-2012 10:17 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
[QUOTE=compergo;4764513]I have been working a very high stress job that requires 100% computer work with no controlled, single workstation available for me to work at. The result is that I often work at workstations where the screen is unadjustable and too low....leading to my leaning and hunching my shoulders down. I noticed neck pain and hand pain due to working almost 2 years for 6070 hrs weekly (no kidding). I have been diagnosed with early onset cervical radiculopathy, osteo arthritis and spondolysis. I also have concurrently have been diagnosed with de Quervain's tendinitis in both hands from escessive keyboarding.

I am very convinced that my cervical osteo arthritic condition has been caused by my excessive working hours and poor ergonomic setup. My employer accepts that my de Quervain's tendonitis is a workmans comp issue, but refuse to consider workmans comp regarding the neck....I have been disabled for the neck problems....Does anyone have information about cervical radiculopathy being caused by excessive computer work with low screens or otherwise poor ergonomic setups that cause bent forward position of the neck?[/QUOTE]
Hello,
Did you ever find any remedy for your symptoms?

My situation is a bit different but I do believe constant data input (10hrs per day) caused my cervical radiculopathy and ultimately brachial neuritis. I am attempting to prove this while in battle with DOL workers' compensation.

J

noevr 10-03-2012 10:43 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
hi, I don't know who you employer is or anything. I went thru this w/ my employer but it was the government and I asked for an "ergnomic evaluation" everytime my desk was moved. Once I started having neck issues I got a note from my dr. for a larger screen and a better chair w/ neck and shoulder support as well. Not sure if you can get away with that?

I have fibromyalga and have terrible times with my trapezoid muscles anyway and it made it worse along with the stress. Plus I have tri-focals or transition lenses. I am retired now and most of the pain has gone away as long as I'm careful w/ the laptop in my lap I have to put something under to bring up to eye level.

Cathy

jwalk49 10-03-2012 11:03 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
Thanks Cathy for your quick response.

I too work for the FEDs and have been through all the reasonable accomodation business, PT and meds. Now I am looking for folks who have developed cervical radiculopathy etc from being tethered to a computer all day. My orthopedic surgeon stated there simply does not exist sufficient research for me to prove my case. :(

Sorry to hear about your fibromyalgia. I understand it is excruciatingly painful.

J

noevr 10-03-2012 11:37 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
Hmmm.. I guess you have been looking online everywhere
For this? ( makes me want to start looking ) I too was
In IT for....well I worked on mainframes lol! A long time in
Virginia.

I hope you find some answers here because we both
Know it is probably the cause. Have you thought about getting
Another opinion maybe from a Neuro? Just a thought. Good
Luck Cathy

marnie62 10-11-2012 03:42 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
I'm in Australia and have an accepted claim for aggravation of cervical spondyslosis and chronic pain. The claim would have been rejected if I had just claimed for the spondy as it is (in the absence of trauma) an age related degenerative condition - although I was only 43 at the time. My symptoms are in my neck, upper back, shoulder, arms and hands and include pain, numbness, burning, tingling, weakness (the full spectrum) and it developed after an extended period of computer based work, poor ergonomics and consequent poor posture.

Because I claimed for an aggravation of an underlying condition it was accepted by my insurer (I worked for the government). I was assymptomatic at the time and was unaware of the spondy.

I'm not sure of your insurance provisions but an aggravation or acceleration of a degenerative condition is easier to prove and provides a clearer nexus to your working environment.

jwalk49 10-11-2012 09:55 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
Cathy,
I have been through the wringer now having seen 17 drs (1 neuro and four orthos). In the course of my WC claims I have gone from suspected carpal tunnel *hah* to brachial neuritis which caused scoliosis and nerve damage in my hands and arms. I was declared fully disabled by one of WC's ax men orthopedic surgeons. Still.....DOL insists there is no causal relationship. Wrong. Now onto a battle with ECAB where it is bound to get really messy.

Hope your meds are working. :)

J

jwalk49 10-11-2012 10:09 AM

Re: Cervical radiculopathy caused by poor computer ergonomics
 
Thank you, Marnie 62, for sharing your information. I am going through DOL WC. I especially appreciate your letting me know at what age this happened to you because I am being slam dunked with the "reasoning" DDD is age related. I am twenty years your senior and was diagnosed 06/18/2009 after enduring six months of horrific discrimination and humiliation. Three years later there is no change in the cervical area (per the MRI) but my back has headed west in compensation for the twisted neck vertebrae.
If you had to deal with DOL might I ask in what year you filed your claim?

J


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