While ‘Insult and Injury’ is a blog focusing on impacts on health outcomes from workers compensation systems, another controversial subject is that of ‘RSI’.
My new blog’s subject is what I have termed Technology Interface Pain Syndromes (T.I.P.S.) to encompass the spectrum of upper limb disorders that have been associated with use of computers and similar devices, in addition to older technologies like the telegraph and even writing!
The continuing expansion in the use of computers, smart phones and other types of technology means there are likely to be increasing health problems associated with their use – not only in occupational, but also domestic, educational and recreational settings.
Please read, enjoy and challenge what appears.
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As an occupational physician in private medical practice in Hobart, Tasmania - the southernmost state of Australia, I see workers referred by their general practitioners with various types of work-related injuries and diseases. These are mostly musculoskeletal injuries, both of traumatic and gradual onset as well as various associated psychological disorders. With interaction with patients for treatment and providing advice about rehabilitation, I have the opportunity, first-hand, to observe interactions between individual patients and compensation systems. I also conduct independent medical assessments, including impairment assessments for musculoskeletal injuries and asbestos-related disease compensation. This provides another perspective of workers within compensation systems.