Preparing Your Workstation for Better Ergonomics and Less Pain
Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen more patients come into our office with pain due to changing work ergonomics. Any change in your work ergonomics can trigger pain throughout your body. When it comes from working at home, we suggest that you set up an ergonomic workstation.
Oftentimes, patients who work from home find themselves working from their kitchen table. This places the screen at a lower angle, causing neck issues. Or if you make it so the screen is at eye level (as it should be), then the keyboard is too high.
Patients who transition between working at home and working at their office find this to be problematic as well, causing pain. Your body is constantly adapting to different chair, keyboard and screen heights. Since the start of the pandemic we have seen more than 100 patients who are experiencing similar circumstances.
It may take some time for you to notice issues that arise due to workstationergonomics because the strain is gradual and builds over time. Common pain points we see are headaches, tightness between the shoulder blades and lower back pain. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, give us a call. We can identify the issue and work to help you set up a workstation that is more ergonomic. Learn more from Dr. Lacey about how poor ergonomics affects the body here.
As an added courtesy, we invite our patients to bring in a picture of their workstation for recommendations. We have even written notes for our patients to have a sit-to-stand desk covered by their employer.