Massage therapists are familiar with clients who present with sore backs, aching wrists and tight necks, all attributed to computer use.

Computer-related injuries are on the rise in the U.S., a new study says—but these types of injuries don’t involve typing or mousing.

Tripping over computer cords, being on the receiving end of a falling monitor and muscles or joints strained from lifting and moving computers has increased by sevenfold over a 13-year period.

According to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database and reported by Elsevier Health Sciences, “over 78,000 cases of acute computer-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1994 through 2006 … approximately 93 percent of injuries occurred at home.”

Children and people over age 60 are especially at risk of tripping and falling over or on computer equipment.

The complete article ran in a recent issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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