1. When do I need an ergonomic evaluation?

    • The best time for an ergonomic evaluation is before you have discomfort. Proactive evaluations provide education and adjustments that will keep you from developing injuries.
    • If you feel pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, swelling, burning, cramping, or stiffness, in your hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, or back you should receive a comprehensive ergonomic evaluation to mitigate your discomfort immediately.
  2. I don’t work at a computer all day; can I still receive an ergonomic evaluation?

    • Yes! VSI has evaluated people with a large variety of jobs; nurses, truck drivers, administrative assistants, lawyers, computer programmers, accountants, bakers, assembly line workers, laboratory technicians, security guards, and many more! Our evaluations focus on YOUR specific work tasks, whatever they are.
  3. I work at a shared workstation; can I still receive an ergonomic evaluation?

    • Yes! Many accommodations can be made to customize a work area for multiple employees and we can help determine the correct options for your circumstances.
  4. My company does not have much money to spend on ergonomic products, will I still benefit from an ergonomic evaluation?

    • Yes! Although we do often recommend products, a large portion of VSI’s ergonomic evaluations is about education and understanding how to perform your job tasks safely. Many of our clients cannot afford expensive products and we are able to provide cost effective solutions for their employees.
  5. How often should I take breaks?

    • You should get up and walk around or stretch at least once every hour. In addition, give your arms and shoulders a break by placing your hands in your lap when you are not typing or mousing.
  6. I only have a laptop computer, how can I be safe?

    • Although laptops are convenient for our daily life, the overall design does not promote healthy postures. Laptop users perform “hunched” postures that include unsafe positions of the neck, back, shoulders and wrists.
    • The safest way to use a laptop is to raise the screen to eye level and use an external keyboard and mouse. Various products are available to achieve this. Our favorite is the Logitech Alto Notebook Stand (cordless or one piece) and the Logitech Notebook Kit MK605.
  7. What do I look for when purchasing a chair?

    • When purchasing a chair for yourself or another, it is important that the chair is properly adjustable for each potential user. Adjustments should include a variable seatpan height, seatpan depth, seatpan tilt, backrest height, backrest recline and armrest height. See recommended products for some of our favorite chairs that include these adjustments.
  8. What is a CTD?

    • A Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) is a condition where a part of the body is injured by repeatedly overusing or causing trauma to that body part. Trauma occurs when the body part is required to work harder or stretch farther or otherwise function at a greater level then it is designed or prepared for. The immediate impact may be less than a minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant trauma cause damage. The term cumulative trauma disorder identifies a large group of conditions that result from traumatizing the body in either a minute or major way over a period of time. It is the buildup of trauma that causes the disorder. These conditions are often focused on a joint and usually affect the muscle, bone, tendon or bursa of the joint. However other anatomical features and areas can be stressed and their response to that trauma may result with an injury.
    • Some common examples of cumulative trauma disorders are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis and Bursitis.