No matter how active you are or what type of job you have, a spinal condition and the accompanying back pain can be a challenge. You do your best to keep the pain at bay, but if you have degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis of the spine, it can be difficult to avoid discomfort for eight hours a day (not to mention the chores you have to do when you get home). At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we want to help you live and work without pain, no matter what type of spine condition you may have.
Sitting at a Desk All Day
If you’re suffering from a herniated or bulging disc, even the slightest movement can cause excruciating pain. It might seem like sitting at a desk all day can be perfect for avoiding back pain, but even immobility can lead to discomfort. If your posture isn’t correct or your chair isn’t set at the proper height, you may begin to feel pain after a few hours of sitting. If your computer monitors are too low, you may find yourself bending forward to read emails or work on your latest project. Taking the time to position your chair, desk, mouse, and keyboard can help you sit correctly for hours on end. Also, don’t forget to get up and move around every so often.
Lifting and Moving Heavy Objects
If your job entails lifting and moving heavy objects, the first thing you want to be sure of is that you have the proper equipment to assist you. Pallet jacks and forklifts are great, but there will still be boxes and other things you have to move by hand. If you’re able to (and your spinal specialist has given the go-ahead), be sure to lift properly to avoid hurting yourself further. The first thing to do is make sure the box can be lifted by hand. If the weight is too much, you may need someone to help you, or to rely on a piece of equipment. Trying to move a heavy object by hand to save time can end up costing you more time in the long run (time off work, time at the doctor, etc.) By using your legs and keeping your back as straight as possible, lift the box as close to your body as possible, keeping it at or near your waistline. Also, be sure not to twist or lean while you’re carrying the box, as this can aggravate your spinal condition. If you have to set the box on the floor once you reach where it needs to go, be sure to bend at the knees and not put excess strain on your spine.
If you’re having trouble sitting at your desk all day or lifting objects in a storeroom because of a spinal condition, please come see us today. We can properly diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatment for your pain. We want you to be able to continuing living and working how you want, without limitations and restrictions. Contact us now to schedule your initial appointment.
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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