Laptops: More Harm Than Help?

Whether using your laptop for school, work, or recreation, laptops are becoming an essential part of our daily lives. They are perfect for getting work done on the go, but recent studies suggest they can cause bodily harm. A laptop’s design is ideal for causing muscle strain, neck, shoulder, and hand injuries. Learn the signs and solutions for this rising cause of pain.

“Sometimes we can get too comfortable when using laptops and we don’t realize the impact it has on our bodies,” says Rajesh Makim, M.D., at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron. “It’s important to be aware of the muscle strain they may cause.”

Warning signs of laptop-related pain:

  • Headaches when using
  • Wrist pain
  • Tingling in the fingers or thumb
  • Soreness or cramps in the neck
  • Shoulder or elbow pain

Techniques for reducing pain:

  • Take short breaks
  • Sit in a comfortable chair with adequate back support
  • Tilt the screen to a position where your neck stays straight
  • Be sure knees and elbows are at 90-degree positions
  • Drink fluids, staying hydrated can keep the discs in your back lubricated.

To consult with one of our doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, please call (810) 985-4900 or click on the Appointment Request button.