How Desk Jobs Are Affecting The Spine

How Desk Jobs Are Affecting The Spine

This Blog Covers:

  • There have been an increasing number of back and neck injuries developing in working Americans not related to injuries sustained on the job.
  • Now more than ever, American workers are sitting to perform their job tasks. Unfortunately, this behavior is causing an increase in back and neck injuries in many employees.
  • The spine specialists at American Spine explain how desk jobs are affecting the spine.

When you hear the phrase “workplace injury,” you probably think of someone breaking a bone due to a fall or pulling a muscle due to overexertion. Although these are common workplace traumas, there are other injuries occurring more and more frequently.

Back and neck injuries due to poor sitting posture have become a serious health threat to individuals who work at a desk job for more than 11 hours a day. These injuries, in addition to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, and metabolic syndrome, are drastically cutting our lives short.

In 2012, researchers discovered sitting for more than 11 hours a day increased a person’s risk of death by 40%. What’s worse, people who exercise an hour or more a day do not lower their risk of these health concerns. Poor sitting posture from prolonged sitting has led to the following in some working Americans:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Herniated disc and sciatica  
  • Arthritis in the spine
  • Spinal stenosis

It’s important to maintain a proper sitting posture and move frequently throughout your workday. Sitting with your feet planted on the floor with your head, neck, and shoulders in neutral alignment will help reduce the stress that’s put on your low back. It’s important to get up and walk around every hour to keep your blood circulating. If you can replace your usual desk chair with a chair that encourages active sitting (medicine ball, balance chair, etc.), that’s great too!

If you’re experiencing increased pain in your head, neck, and shoulders, talk to a specialist at American Spine. We will work with you to come up with a treatment regimen that includes physical therapy, interventional pain care, and for severe cases, minimally invasive spine surgery.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.