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College Hires in-House Therapist to Treat Shrug-Induced Arthritis

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"I've told my doctor I think I'd be fine if students and staff didn't come in my office and ask questions," said Margaret Sandburg during a therapy workout. "They don't seem to care about the strain on my shoulders."

To reduce health benefit costs, the College of West Nevada has contracted a physical therapist to coach employees about proper shrug techniques.

“We’ve found a disproportionate number of our service staff suffer from shrug-induced arthritis,” said benefits officer Carmen Meaney. “We hope that proper shrug form will help prevent most cases and assist in speedier treatment of those already afflicted.

“I’m proud our university is taking proactive steps,” said Penny Daniels, who works in financial aid. “I shrug at least 150 times each day and it can really take a toll on my neck and shoulders.”

“Lots of other colleges have been calling us to ask for the results of our program when the trial period ends,” said Meaney. “We could be a model school!”

When asked what factors had contributed to the excessive shrugging on campus, Meaney smiled. “I would shrug right now but I haven’t met with the therapist to learn the new way to do it.”