Do you work in an office, sitting at a desk? Chances are you suffer at least some degree on musculoskeletal pain. A recent study revealed that up to 89% of office workers have aches or pain in their necks, backs, shoulders, wrists, or knees.
Even mild pain can develop into a more serious work-related injury or repetitive motion disorder. It is crucial to seek early treatment, even for mild musculoskeletal aches, to prevent more serious pain in the future. Research has shown chiropractic care to be effective at relieving and preventing injuries associated with working, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and neck disorders.
In a work-related pain study, researchers surveyed employees in an office setting. The workers rated their pain and responded to questions about job satisfaction and health.
The results showed that neck pain was the most common complaint, reported by 69.2% of respondents. The office employees also suffered from low-back pain (58.2%), knee problems (41.8%), shoulder pain (35.2%), and pain in the upper back (34%). Researchers also discovered that workers with musculoskeletal pain were more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs. Pain in the wrist, shoulder, and lower back were shown to be related to poor job satisfaction.
Another recent study demonstrated that workers suffering from stress were at greater risk of back pain, headache, and shoulder problems. But stress isn't the only working condition that causes on-the-job musculoskeletal pain. Poor posture, improper ergonomics, and unhealthy work conditions can also increase the likelihood of repetitive motions and pain.
At Oregon Medical Centers, we help our patients with the multifaceted complications associated with work-related pain. Our expert care heals our Aloha/ Beaverton patients with dysfunctions in the joints and spine. We can also help you avoid future work injuries and prevent your pain from becoming chronic, using posture correction, ergonomic training, and physical therapy. Additional research has shown that chiropractic adjustments may improve the immune system's responses to inflammation and stress, providing our patients with further protection against musculoskeletal injuries. For more information about how we can help you with work-related pain or injury, call our office today.
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