By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - What may appear to be a perfectly risk-free job can be deceiving sometimes.
Sitting in a comfy chair while you work at a computer station all day is certainly not like laying steel at the top of a skyscraper, but there are pitfalls, according to David Steurer, director of the Wellness Council of West Virginia.
Long hours at the computer terminal can result in visual strain or even worse - carpal tunnel syndrome, an injury to the wrist than becomes expensive to employers if an operation is necessary, Steurer said.
In many cases, regular exercise or "wellness" programs at the worksite can prevent such physical complications, Steurer said.
Tuesday at City Hospital in Martinsburg, Steurer's organization will hold a conference for businesses in the Tri-State area to help them understand how to start wellness programs.