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Doctors describe health problems from computer use

Doctors describe health problems from computer use

Jul 03, 2011 - 12:11

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Frequent and improper use of computers can cause healthinfo-icon problems, doctors say, especially pain in the back and shoulders, as well as eyestrain.

Computer users should sit up straight and maintain at least one meter’s worth of distance from the computer's screen, according to specialists, who say that following these recommendations can prevent such side effects.

Dr. Nejeebullah Waziri, head of the orthopedic ward at Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that patients who use computers often complain of back and shoulder aches, neck pain, and sore fingers.

Waziri said that of about 40 patients who visit the hospital daily, five or six of them are there for complaints relating to computer use.

Many people who drive long distances, weave carpets, or paint face similar ailments, he said.

He recommended that computer users elevate their screens to avoid pressure in their eyes and necks, and exercise regularly to improve their posture.

Samir, 28, works for a private company from 8:00 pm to 5:00 pm. He visited the hospital complaining of back and shoulder pain.


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