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Upper back/shoulder pain caused by situation at work

16 years ago

I started a new job that requires me, for at least several hours a day to scan documents. So, I am reaching over to the scanner and then typing on the keyboard while pulling and collating papers on the desk. This is causing me to have upper back as well as shoulder pain.

The company will move the scanner lower so that it will be at about the same level as the keyboard. But I think I will still have to reach over constantly, which I believe is causing this pain and I can't just sit up straight while doing this work.

It is a small company and the computer IT person is also the handyman and he is in charge of ergonomics (obviously not an expert).

Does anyone have advice on how I can make the situation at the desk work so that I won't be causing myself permanent damage?

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