Whether you are working out on a job site or sitting all day behind a computer,
the 40 or more hours a week you are at work can have a long-lasting impact
on your body.
From your hands, shoulders, knees and possibly your toes, here’s
how your day-to-day could be causing you some unwanted pain.
The Effects of Prolonged Sitting
The biggest issue with sitting behind a computer at a desk all day is the
hunched over posture that often comes with it. After several hours of
sitting, gravity and fatigue take over, putting pressure on your spine
and causing most people to slouch. This can then lead to shoulder pain,
back pain, shoulder spurs, and disc issues.
The best way to ensure you don’t feel the long-lasting effects of
your desk job is to make sure you are getting up and walking often. Instead
of sending an email to someone nearby, get up and give them a memo. Park
farther away each day and take quick walks often to ensure you are releasing
pressure from your spine.
The Effects of Standing All Day
On the other side of things, standing all day is also hard on your body.
Prolonged standing can lead to leg cramps, back pain, and severe muscle
fatigue. The best way to prevent any further damage is to pay attention
to your body and change positions if needed. Don’t slouch and pay
attention to how you are balancing your weight.
If you are in a manual job, you might find yourself doing a lot of heavy
lifting every day, but the key to doing it with ease is through proper
lifting techniques. Remember to always hold the item close to your body
and never twist while lifting. Don’t ever attempt to lift anything
too heavy on your own and rest when needed.
Listen To Your Body
No matter what your profession is, your primary goal is always to ensure
you’re listening to your body. Don’t push yourself past the
point of exhaustion, and keep moving and changing positions to avoid an
If you are suffering from constant pain,
Power River Orthopedics and Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options,
so you can rest assure that you get the best possible outcome and are
back to your daily routine in no time.
To enjoy an active and healthy life at any age, call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit
www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.
PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group Clinic with Campbell County Health.