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Office jobs and long-term chronic pain disabilities

Technology is supposed to make life easier, right? Yet a recent article explores the effect that computers, smartphones and other devices are having on our bodies and wellbeing.

Granted, improper use of any gadget might result in injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Yet even if computer users take safeguards against repetitive motion injuries, the hours spent hunched over a computer may take a long lasting toll on the muscles, ligaments and fascia of the spine and neck.

In addition, researchers suspect that a computer’s light-emitting diode screen might interfere with sleep habits. The blue light from such LED screens may inhibit the body’s production of melatonin, which plays a role in natural rest and wake cycles and circadian rhythms.

Even when not at work, technological gadgets may be undermining our health. For public transit passengers who use ear buds, some specialists are concerned that noise-related hearing loss may affect Americans at younger ages. Many portable listening devices or MP3 players can be turned up well over the 85-decibel level recommended as the maximum sound volume.

Although none of these issues may present immediate disability, their cumulative effect may develop into chronic issues that interfere or prevent a person from working. Qualifying for Social Security disability insurance benefits is not easy even for individuals with more traditional mental or physical disorders. With chronic pain disorders, SSDI applicants may face an uphill battle. Taking precautions today may help avoid future impairment. For those already affected, a disability attorney might offer advice about the SSDI application process.

Source: cnn.com, “Modern-day health woes, solved,” Laura Bell, Nov. 29, 2013

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