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Work Injuries - Hazards of Working from home 2020

Workplace ergonomic set-ups have improved significantly over the past 20 years. And in the last 5 years, sit-to-stand workstations have been incorporated into an increasing number of offices. I have organized for dozens of my patients to obtain these units at work, and the benefits have been impressive.

Unfortunately, few home-based offices have sit-tostand workstations. Most would have poor ergonomic set-ups as well. The people I speak to rarely have ergonomic chairs at home. Their desks, of course, are not adjustable. Not to mention that there are at least a dozen other important variables to address in a good set-up. Most people are not aware of what is required. Nor do they have the ability or equipment to make the necessary adjustments. Many home-based people are working on laptops. This adds greater challenges to maintaining a healthy posture.

What you and I are going to see in coming weeks and months, is more patients presenting with muscular aches and pains, back and neck pain, headaches, and acute low back pain. This will be on top of increased daily life stress, anxiety, and general de-conditioning as more people spend significant time in one place.

I give my patients advice to help make their home office as ergonomic as possible. I also recommend taking more frequent breaks than usual. With the reduced scrutiny in their homes compared to work, there is greater opportunity to take a quick walk, or to get down on the floor and do some stretches. And it will become more important for people to do something active at the end of every day (and maybe the beginning), to break the body out of the shackles of myofascial restrictions that will undoubtedly build now more than ever.

For information for doctors on physiotherapy management of all types of injuries visit: ml

Information for patients is at: Concord Sport & Spine Physiotherapy 202 Concord Road Concord West, NSW 2138 Sydney, Australia. Ph (02) 9736 1092



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