Narrator: This is Science Today. Attaching a forearm support board to your desk could help reduce upper body pain associated with computer use. A study conducted by the University of California , San Francisco showed that these boards reduced pain among customer service workers using computers most of the day. Dr. David Rempel, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco and director of the Ergonomics Program at UC Berkeley, explains the findings.
Rempel: We found that the pain when people use the boards was less in their neck and shoulders and their forearms, the right forearm. And it also prevented new cases of musculoskeletal problems in the shoulder and the neck region.
Narrator: Stopping this pain early could prevent the need for medications, and help avoid more serious conditions among workers who use computers often.
Rempel: We worry that when a person has that amount of pain, they're beginning to use pain medications regularly, the pain medications can have side effects. And if they don't seek care for the problem, it may lead to an injury to the arm or shoulder and require medical care, physical therapy and possibly even surgery.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.