Repetitive Strain Injury

This page contains information on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), ergonomic advice, and local resources for the Brown Community. The advice here should not be used in lieu of contacting a professional.

Resources are available for Brown CS grads concerned about RSI, through the "ergo merc": we have a pool of keyboards and mice that you can use to evaluate before buying; a room set aside for dictation with Dragon NaturallySpeaking; and lots of practical advice on RSI prevention, treatment, insurance difficulties, etc. Please email the ergo merc if you have any questions or need assistance.

What is RSI?
What you should do if you feel pain
Treatment and recovery
A special note on Laptops
List of ergonomic equipment in the pool
Books, Links and other Resources
Your wrists hurt, you must be a programmer Advice on RSI prevention, harm reduction, and therapies, by former ergo merc Guillaume Marceau.

Brown resources

Ergonomic Specialists:
	Stephanie Santucci (401) 863 1522 
Brown Health Services (401) 863-3953
Disability Support Services (401) 863-9588
Brown Psychological Services (401) 863-3476
Office of Insurance and Risk (401) 863-9481

Quick healthy working tips

Modifying your behavior to practice healthy work habits (along with regular work breaks, described here) will vastly help you prevent and recover from typing injury. Take the time to look down at your hands occasionally to make sure your forearms are in neutral, prone positions (straight lines, as depicted below) and not twisted or bent. It can take weeks or months to re-train yourself, but this process is essential to preventing pain and injury.