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Work Related Pain

Work Related Pain

Work related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders are responsible for approximately 7.6 million lost working days a year. Many factors can contribute to symptoms occurring, the most common causes are due to poor posture ie slouching at a desk, repeated movements and lifting or moving heavy or awkward objects.

Symptoms usually affect the neck, arms, shoulders, back, hips and knees.

How to try and avoid it


  • Try not to sit in the same position for too long and if possible take frequent short breaks.
  • Avoid slouching. Have your lower back supported. Your knees should be level with your hips, or slightly sloping down and your feet should be on the floor. Try not to cross your legs.
  • While at a desk your elbows should be by your side at right angles. Your wrists and forearms should be straight and level with the floor. This can help prevent repetitive strain injuries.
  • Try to have the screen in front of you at eye level and about an arms length away.
  • Keep frequently used items close by to avoid twisting.
  • Try to not cradle a phone to your ear.
  • In the car make sure your back and head are supported. Try not to be driving for too long without a break.
  • Lifting

  • If possible stretch before you lift.
  • Take your time to think about the lift and where you want the object to go.
  • Keep the object close to your waist.
  • Avoid twisting your back and turn using your feet.
  • Stress

    Stress is ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or demands placed on them’ according to the Health and Safety Executive. It can occur at work as well as your personal life. It can have a bad effect on your health if it goes on for too long and can lead to problems such as neck pain and headaches.

    It is important to identify the cause of stress and get help in finding a solution, so it does not affect your health long term. Try to get enough sleep, eat well and exercise.

    Posted by Tara Drummond Osteopathy in Conditions.
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