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Remote work leads to spinal problems in young Punjab adults: Dr. Shubhang Aggarwal

Published on September 13, 2021

• Back pain is the number one cause of “lost days” at work and college

• New or worsening back, neck, leg and shoulder pain have emerged as the main side effects of remote working.

• Choosing a chair that offers both support and comfort can be beneficial.

New Delhi : Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more and more companies are using remote / working from home. Dr. Shubhang Aggarwal, orthopedic and robotic joint replacement surgeon and director of the NHS hospital, Jalandhar said Despite the downward trend, cases of new or worsening back, neck, leg and shoulder pain have occurred in young adults.

Long-lasting or repeated back pain can take a huge toll on personal, family, and financial aspects of life. Back pain is the leading cause of absenteeism from work and college. Approximately 20% of people with acute low back pain will have symptoms that have persisted for more than a year without proper care.

“Remote working has created many spinal problems for young adults in Punjab. The average adult sits almost nine hours a day. Sitting for long periods is linked to almost twice the risk of type 2 diabetes and a 10-20% increased risk of heart disease. In addition, poor ergonomics such as leaning back, sitting or a workstation that is too high or too low can lead to muscle and joint pain. The incidence of spinal problems, especially among IT professionals, receptionists and front desk workers, has surprisingly increased and requires close observation for diagnosis. If there is any suspicion, aggressive behavior change with exercises should help. Then, even as the actual physical offices begin, the postural changes we had our bodies adjusted to while working from home need to be addressed, “said Dr. Shubhang Aggarwal, Orthopedic and Robotic Joint Replacement Surgeon, NHS Hospital, Jalandhar.

Although sedentary activities cannot be abolished, people must take appropriate measures such as: B. Daily exercise, correct posture and breaks between jobs. Getting up from your seat and walking while on the phone without using the phone will alleviate the problem. Even rethink the chair or couch that you sit on for a long time.

“Many patients are surprised when I tell them that their bedroom or couch seating arrangement is adding to their pain. Fluffy furniture is comfortable. However, leaning or lying down while typing over the laptop is tough on the body. Especially when your 15-minute Zoom meeting turns into an hour. While the zebra print chair looks cool in video conferencing, it isn’t the most ergonomic chair for you. Choose a chair that gives your lower back and hips both support and comfort. ” added Dr. Aggarwal added. He also added a few points such as: keep a small pillow behind your lower back, stand once an hour, make sure the top of the laptop screen is at eye level. Try using a 4 inch foot stool under your desk if lower back pain develops. Stretch properly. Have an armrest to support your elbows. This relaxes the shoulders and neck.